VDA Panel: Building and Sustaining an Anti-Racist Arts Organization

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Join us for a panel discussion w/ three Philadelphia art leaders, on their experience w/ building and sustaining anti-racist organizations.

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Vision Driven Artists (VDA) exists to increase resources and opportunities for local artists and arts organizations.

Join us for a panel discussion w/ three Philadelphia art leaders, on their experience w/ building and sustaining anti-racist organizations.


Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual Latinx festival programmer, documentary filmmaker, and freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. They serve as the Programming Director for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Awards Competition Manager for the International Documentary Association, Co-Founder/Journalist for ¡Presente! Media, and are on the Editorial Board for the film journal cinéSPEAK. Formerly, Kristal was the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Scribe Video Center. Currently, they are in post-production on Expanding Sanctuary, an independent short documentary about the historic end to police surveillance organized by nonprofit Juntos and the Latinx immigrant community in South Philadelphia. Kristal writes the Latinx cinema column “Cine alzando voz” for cinéSPEAK.

  • Website: https://kristalsotomayor.com/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristalsotomayor/

LaNeshe Miller-White is the Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, an umbrella organization that celebrates, and promotes the Philadelphia region's diverse and growing theatre community. She is a cultural producer, actress, and marketer, serving as the Marketing Manager for Painted Bride Art Center for over 10 years. She is a graduate of Temple University's School of Communications and Theater. She believes in using art for social change and is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Theatre in the X, a West Philadelphia based theater company that produces accessible theater productions for Black audiences and provides opportunities for Black artists. She is on the Steering Committee of the Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia and she is a Philadelphia Arts & Business Council Designing Leadership and Digital Drawing Board Program Graduate.

Samantha Rise-Roberson (they/them) is honored to join the GRP team as Program Director. Samantha first fell in love with this city as a student at Temple University, where they earned their BFA in Jazz Performance. Since graduating, Samantha’s passion for music and community building are the heart of their work: Over the last decade, they have worked as a teaching artist and enrichment instructor in Philly, New York, New Jersey and in the D.C area. Samantha is also a librarian by day, has enjoyed public service in the Public Library, first as a Youth Services Librarian in western Wyoming, and as a maker-mentor in the Free Library’s Maker Jawn. Samantha loves to build and feed spaces that are inquiry-driven, participant led and abundant in joy!

  • Website: http://samantharise.com/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantharise/


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Vision Driven Consulting (VDC) supports the visionary work of artists, community groups, and not-for-profit organizations by providing consulting, facilitation, and training services.


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