DIALogues | Using the Arts as a Catalyst for Community Impact
Recorded On: 07/16/2021
About this Webinar
July 16, 2021 at 3:00PM EST
How can arts leaders ensure that their programs and initiatives are community-led and community-informed? How are artists and collaborators identified and brought into programming processes? How can arts organizations serve as economic and capacity-building engines for their communities? What questions must you ask yourself as you build coalitions for policies that advance the arts in schools? In this session, participants will learn how they can build their own internal strategies by asking themselves key questions and learning how they can use them to ensure their spaces and practices are activated with intention for sustainability, community-connectedness
Please note that while this session is open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.
Karla Estela Rivera
Free Street Theater
Karla Estela Rivera is a writer, performer, activist, and arts advocate that has leveraged her gift of storytelling to uplift and create opportunities for, with, and in underserved communities. She is the Executive Director of the historic Free Street Theater and a company member of 2nd Story in Chicago. In addition to her artistic work, Karla has served in non-profit organizations for over a decade, beginning as a teaching artist and youth worker, to systems-level leadership in public affairs. Most recently she served as the co-chair of the Illinois Fine Arts Indicator work group which developed the nation’s first weighted accountability measure for the arts as part of the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Karla continues to perform in venues and zoom rooms across the country, and actively teaches storytelling and consults on advocacy initiatives. She is a native of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Film & Video, with graduate studies at New York University.
IG & Twitter: @kestelarivera