Anika Kwinana

Manager, National Partnerships
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Anika Kwinana is an artist and arts manager who is passionate about the role of the arts in supporting community development.  Her work has included directing music and arts programming for a diverse, 5,000-member religious organization in South Africa, where she mentored and led 100+ volunteer artists; produced, wrote for and performed on two live CD-DVD projects; and, oversaw concerts, conferences and facility rentals. 

She also managed, facilitated and fundraised for several community-based youth, HIV-AIDS, and women’s empowerment organizations in the country.  In the U.S, Anika has designed and implemented STEM and arts-related college and career fairs, with an emphasis on concept development; event management; committee oversight; program design and implementation; and, partnership-building.  She is currently Manager, National Partnerships at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, where she co-leads the Any Given Child Initiative, supporting 27 communities, nationally, towards equitable access to quality arts education for all K – 8 students.  Anika is a Commissioner for the Arlington County Commission for the Arts and an executive board member for the Arts Administrators of Color Network.  Anika holds an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University and an M.A. Public Anthropology from American University.