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Transition and Transformation: An Arts Council conversation, hosted by Speak for Change podcast.

Register today: Thomas Sage Pedersen of the Speak for Change podcast will host a lively discussion on April 28th with Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Executive Director, Jim Brown, and new Deputy Director, Mireya Gomez-Contreras about creating a more equitable arts ecosystem. 

Arts Council Santa Cruz County invites the public to join this live discussion on April 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm through Zoom and Facebook Live with Spanish language interpretation. A recording of the podcast will be available following the event on the Arts Council and Speak for Change podcast websites. Register here for the event.

“Mireya Gomez-Contreras is an intuitive collaborator and a skilled cultural interpreter, convener, and facilitator,” says Jim Brown, Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Executive Director. Gomez-Contreras joined the Arts Council’s leadership team last fall. She supports the Tannery Arts Center and Grants Program teams and stewards its community-led Watsonville Movement for Arts and Culture. “The arts are a pathway for connection, action, relationship-building, and a momentary extension of our life journey,” says Gomez-Contreras. Gomez-Contreras’s lifelong dedication to social justice fuels her work and deepens discussions around equity across the Arts Council’s programming and throughout the community.

Conversations surrounding the Arts Council’s efforts in building a more equitable arts ecosystem sparked this event facilitated by Thomas Sage Pedersen of the Speak for Change podcast. The Arts Council believes in the podcast’s mission “to inspire and promote positive and lasting change in our local & global communities.”

Thomas is a masterful communicator, brilliant thought leader, and playful conversationalist. We’re excited to be working with him to share this conversation with the community.

— Sally Green, Arts Council’s Development Strategist

Brown and Gomez-Contreras will be discussing their new partnership and their shared values, diving into topics such as community opportunities, racial equity, how their personal experiences influence their work, and what’s happening at the Arts Council.

The Arts Council thanks their sponsor, the Visual & Public Art Department at CSUMB.

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    Transition and Transformation Online Event
    A conversation with co-leaders and advocates for equity between Mireya Gomez-Contreras, Deputy Director, and Jim Brown, Executive Director of Arts Council Santa Cruz County, hosted by Thomas Sage Pedersen of Speak for Change podcast.
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:30 PM

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