Tizziana Baldenebro is the executive director at SPACES in Cleveland, OH. An arts administrator, curator, writer, and critic, her practice focuses on emerging artists and designers, and is an organizer and activist in the effort to produce equitable cultural centers. Previously, she served as the 2019-2020 Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and held a curatorial research internship at the Art Institute of Chicago within the Architecture & Design department. In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural Avery Review Essay Prize for her critical essay “Chicago Works? Curating Value and Representation in Chicago, Amanda Williams at the MCA”. She has also published articles in the New Art Examiner and the American Ceramic Circle Journal. She currently sits on the board of FRONT International, is an editor-at-large at The Avery Review, and is an Ex Officio member of the Cleveland Museum of Art Contemporary Art Society. She has served as a member of the steering committee for the Boston Mills Activation Project of the Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and was a 2021 curator-in-residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit. She has been invited to jury and critique works and exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Morgan Conservatory, the Stamps School of Art at the University of Michigan, and the University of Akron, among others. Tizziana received a Masters of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Christopher Hibma is designer, a globalist and a gatherer. He is the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees for Zoukak Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon; and he is a member of Creative Capital’s National Advisory Council, a US organization that invests in artists to shape the future. He is also both the Co-Director for the FoodxFilm Festival and Senior Artistic Producer for the Guthrie Theater. He is also a member of Guild of Future Architects, a refuge for people shaping an inclusive & prosperous world. In his role as the Director of Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program, Christopher built one of the world’s leading brands and most diverse rosters of international multi-hyphenate artists. He lives with his husband and daughter in Minneapolis.
Andrea Price is an eclectic artist, art administrator, and entrepreneur. She is passionate about social justice, equity, and helping others. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2-Dimensional Studies from the University of Toledo and is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling and art therapy from PennWest Edinboro. Price is also the owner of Andrea & Her Art and co-owner of Healing Conversations, two businesses that mirror her interests. As the Art Services Manager for The Arts Commission in Toledo, she is able to help local artists advance their careers through advocacy and programming. Andrea Price is hopeful and fighting for a world of equity through her art and service.
Kamilah Rashied is an arts administrator, educator, writer and artist that has worked from every angle of cultural production with two decades of experience in arts education and outreach, new program development and public engagement in the arts. Cultivating a broad range of experiences for the public from youth initiatives to live events and talks, their work is deliberately itinerant, community centered and socially concerned. Desiring to leave conventional assumptions about fine art, Rashied is more concerned with whom the art is for and what will lead to more dynamic engagement with it. Though the medium changes the endeavor is always the same–using art as a vehicle to bring people together for an earnest conversation about who we really are. Kamilah has contributed to new and ongoing programs at numerous arts organizations in Chicago including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Humanities, Hyde Park Art Center, Stony Island Arts Bank, Black Cinema House, Open TV, Young Chicago Authors, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater among others. Rashied is currently the Director of Education at Court Theatre, the professional theatre of University of Chicago.
Karla Estela Rivera
Karla Estela Rivera is a writer, performer, activist, and arts advocate that has leveraged her gift of storytelling to uplift and create opportunities for, with, and in divested communities. Karla is a former artistic associate of Teatro Luna, and former company member of UrbanTheater Company. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the historic Free Street Theater, is a company member of 2nd Story in Chicago, and author of the first-ever commissioned young audiences piece for the Joffrey Ballet. In addition to her artistic work, Karla has served in non-profit organizations for over a decade, beginning as a teaching artist and youth worker, to making national history in systems-level leadership, policy, and public affairs. Karla continues to perform in venues and zoom rooms across the country, and actively teaches storytelling and consults on advocacy initiatives. She is a native of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Film & Video, with graduate studies at New York University.