Tariana Navas-Nieves

Director, Cultural Affairs
Denver Arts & Venues
Denver, Colorado

Director of Cultural Affairs for Arts & Venues(A&V), the local art agency for the City of Denver. She has 25 years of experience in management, curatorial work, grantmaking, and television. Prior to 2012, she worked as Public Information Manager for the nation’s largest transportation project. She served as Curator of Hispanic and Native American Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during their 25-million-dollar expansion project, and Curator of Collections for the Museo de las Americas. Navas-Nieves worked for Telemundo as a reporter; worked for the Federal Court of Immigration, Children’s Hospital, and museums and cities throughout the US as a translator and interpreter; and provided curatorial services to art collectors and museums. Currently, she oversees the City departments of Public Art, Cultural Programs, Create Denver (creative industries), Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Tier III tax district funding, Arts Education, and the agency’s numerous grant programs. She leads the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative for A&V, and is the Co-Lead on the City-wide Race & Social Justice initiative. Navas-Nieves serves on boards and advisory groups including: Grantmakers in the Arts, Colorado Association of Funders, Denver Latino Commission, Mayor’s International Advisory Council, and Americans for the Arts Equitable Investment Advisory Group. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico.