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I’ve officially transitioned to the non-profit sector as the Community and Grants Manager for Gray Area Arts and Technology Theater. After graduating this past May, I had to make some major decisions about my life and career path. It was challenging. But it was necessary for me to be courageous and pave a new path for myself as a cultural worker. I’ve been freelancing for quite some time and already knew that I was working my way towards becoming a full time arts professional. But I honestly didn’t think I would get to where I am today.

As you can see in my profile picture above, I’m pretty ecstatic (although this photo was taken in 2012, it certainly captures my excitement and enthusiasm for life). But more important, the three other individuals pictured are my teammates. We have been given the task to research Cultural Equity during the Emerging Arts Professional fellowship. The fellowship will be 9 months. The entire cohort is comprised of 18 individuals from all over the Bay Area. We are assigned to different research areas, which include: 1) The Creative City, 2) Cultural Equity, 3) Arts & Enterprise, and 4) Regenerative Practices. My group will try and tackle the following:

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You can learn more about the fellowship here. I highly encourage reading through the profiles of the individuals in my cohort. I can’t believe I get to work and research with this talented and brilliant group of cultural workers and producers. Amazing!

ARTS TECH Meetup ~ Image Source: ARTS TECH site

It’s been pretty crazy (to say the least) but happy to report I attended the first Arts Tech Meetup in San Francisco tonight! The Arts Tech Meetup originated in NYC based on the need for artists, technologists, and creative professionals to connect, re-connect, and forge some symbiotic partnerships. Like anything else, you never know who you’re going to meet or what to expect but I must say, it was an evening filled with business card and knowledge exchange. Meetup organizers: Jaki LevyJenny Ma, and Marc Mayer were friendly and welcoming. Their energy and enthusiasm in connecting the people in the Bay Area arts and tech community is commendable. I’m looking forward to future meetups. If you’re interested in learning more about this meetup, please click on the image above.

Although I’m a San Francisco Native, I LOVE Oakland immensely and believe the Support Oakland Artists organization has set up a great web site to survey the community and create services and increase resources to the art community.