May 2019 Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Coffee Talk

Recorded On: 05/29/2019


May 2019 

Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Network Coffee Talk

Americans for the Arts is proud to support the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network through quarterly “coffee talk” digital convenings, eNews, blogs, and other resource sharing tools. Each quarter, we bring you an arts administration professional to share their insights and journey to inspire you. Coffee talk format invites you to ask questions and share your experiences with the group.

Join De Andrea Nichols, Director of Design & Social Practice with Civic Creatives to hear about her journey, artistic endeavors and advice on finding motivation and embracing personal brand.

Hosted by Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, Community Development Department

De Andrea Nichols

Director of Design & Social Practice, Civic Creatives

De Nichols is a designer, social entrepreneur, and keynote lecturer who mobilizes young creative change makers through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives .

Based in St. Louis, MO, De is the Principal of Design & Social Practice Civic Creatives, a design and strategy collective she founded in 2015 to help cities more boldly develop creative solutions for the civic and social challenges they face. As a national keynote presenter and lecturer, De champions the power of design and storytelling to inspire and equip audiences to spark creative social change across their communities.

Because of her leadership, Nichols has been deemed as a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two-time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary for her community impact. She additionally is a 2017/18 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts  and a 2018 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO.

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Joshua Heim

Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, Community Development Department

Joshua Heim is the Arts Program Manager at the City of Bellevue and was the cultural arts administrator for the City of Redmond. Before that, he spent 10 years in the heritage and museum field, starting his career at Kaho‘oilina, a scholarly journal in Honolulu dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language and supporting Hawaiian language immersion schools. He went on to work at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, where he developed community-based exhibitions and managed the award winning YouthCAN program. 

Heim has taught museology courses and workshops at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Immigration Sites of Conscience and the Northwest Indian College. His interests include new approaches to public art, creative place-making and Washington state’s cultural community. He serves on the 4Culture arts advisory committee and the board of Cultural Access Washington. He has an M.A. in cultural studies from UW Bothell and a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis and Clark College.


May 2019 Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Coffee Talk