Exploring the Field: Equity and Arts Programming

Recorded On: 12/13/2021


About this Webinar

December 13 at 3:00pm ET

Hatuey Ramos-FermÍn and Valeria Miranda, experienced leaders in community programming, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in the field. This session will center their experiences as people of color navigating the field. They will discuss what it means to create programming curated around the community and will talk through some of the challenges and advice they have for emerging leaders interested in developing intentional, successful community programming.

This session will:

  • Present case studies to participants to engage in reflective practice in considering community programming
  • Discuss different entry points into the field of community programming in the arts
  • Examine a career in the arts as a personal and professional journey


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The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging arts administrators access to tailored training aimed at helping them develop the skills needed to advance in the arts management field. ACES is a three-part professional development collection spanning all topics regarding cultural equity in arts administration and career advancement. You can register for the full collection here.

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín is an artist. He has organized projects at sites ranging from small businesses and community centers to churches, streets, galleries, and museums. He has worked at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and The Laundromat Project. He has participated in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts' Shift Residency and The Laundromat Project’s Create Change Artist Residency. Ramos-Fermín received his BA from the University of Puerto Rico and his MFA from the St. Joost School of Art and Design.

Valeria Miranda

Executive Director

Pajaro Valley Arts & Santa Cruz Art League

Valéria (“Val”) Miranda is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Art League, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, and of Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsonville. She is passionate about the power of the arts and culture to change individuals, communities, and society. Val was the Director of Education at the San Jose Museum of Art and at the Monterey Museum of Art. Val taught graduate art and museum education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for 7 years. She also consults in equity and diversity, nonprofit administration, education, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Val is a 2019 Americans for the Arts’ Leaders of Color Forum Fellow, a 2013 graduate of the Multicultural Artists Leadership Institute at the School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza, and a 2001 graduate of Packard-funded Arts Leadership for the Future. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Val’s artistic practice is in dance, and she was a member of amateur and semi-professional dance companies from middle school to college. She still takes lots of dance classes where she continues to explore and honor her Afro-Latinidad. Her work in and with art organizations has given her opportunities to not only develop audience-centered programming but to also to develop relationships with San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area artists and art organization leaders.

Communities are central to the existence of any cultural organization and an extremely important part of Val’s professional and personal life. She is passionately committed to the sustainable power of collaborations and partnerships in leveraging cultural resources. Since 1992 she has worked with an extensive number of community groups including artists, business leaders, schools, neighborhood associations, artists, professional organizations, universities, city officials, and cultural advocacy groups.

In Santa Cruz, CA, for the last twenty years, Valéria is also an avid urban homesteader, and spends lots of time in the local art spaces, beaches and woods with her spunky 17-year-old son and many friends.


Exploring the Field: Equity and Arts Programming
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