Cultural Work

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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!

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

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