Founding Board member - BOARD SECRETARY
TRICIA CREASON-VALENCIA is documentary filmmaker who teaches video production, media studies, feminist and experimental filmmaking. She produced the Emmy-nominated documentary "Stable Life" and directed "Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose". Her films address social justice issues such as immigration reform, homelessness and the representation of gender & race in American social history. Her films have won numerous awards, screened at film festivals and aired on public television throughout the United States. She lives in San Jose with her partner and two children.
Founding Board Member - bOARD TREASURER
VALÉRIA “VAL” MIRANDA is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Art League, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Val also teaches graduate art and museum education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is passionate about the power of the arts and culture to change individuals, communities, and society. Val has worked in and with arts organizations since 1992. She was the Director of Education at the San Jose Museum of Art and at the Monterey Museum of Art. She also consults in equity and diversity, nonprofit administration, education, strategic planning, and fundraising. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Val is MALI 6 and a 2001 graduate of Packard-funded Arts Leadership for the Future. Most recently she was very fortunate to participate in the inaugural Leaders of Color Forum, organized by Americans for the Arts, at the Atlantic Arts Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Val’s artistic practice is in dance, and she feels blessed by having grown up surrounded by visual and performing arts. Val’s mother took her to the theater for the first time when she was 5 years old and she has been an avid theater lover since then.For the last seven years Val has expressed her commitment to social justice by teaching weekly in the local jails of Santa Cruz County.In the US since 1991, she lived and worked in San Jose for 10 years, and in Santa Cruz for the last eighteen years. Val spends lots of time in the art spaces, beaches and woods of Santa Cruz County with her vibrant 15-year old son and many creative friends.
FOunding Board Member - BOARD PRESIDENT
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