Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Artist Driven Social Change

Recorded On: 05/06/2020

imageAbout this Coffee Chat

Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. 

Our topic for May 2020 will be, Cultural Space as Opportunity: Using what you have to increase opportunities for artists.

Learn how unused space, reclaimed or untraditional space can increase presentation opportunities for visual and performing artists. Elisheba Johnson will walk viewers through the creation of Wa Na Wari, a Black arts space in Seattle situated in a 5th generation black owned home. Johnson will then use other case studies on how institutions and artists have built innovative creative space in unlikely buildings.

This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Elisheba Johnson

Co-Founder, Wa Na Wari

Elisheba Johnson is a curator, public artist and administrator. Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. For six years Johnson worked at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on capacity building initiatives and racial equity in public art. Johnson is currently a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council and has won four Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards for her work. She currently co-manages Wa Na Wari, a Black art center in Seattle’s Central Area that uses the arts to build community and resist displacement. 


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