Arts Administrators of Color Affinity Group

Saturday, June 16, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Cultivate intergenerational understanding and learn strategies to activate a personal career support system in this special session.


NOTE: This session is designed specifically for arts administrators who self-identify as people of color. We respectfully request that white allies not attend.


Quanice G Floyd
Founder and Director
Arts Administrators of Color Network
Washington, District of Columbia

Quanice G. Floyd is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she has received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice is a public-school music educator where she teaches elementary school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. She is also the Founder & Director of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Quanice also serves as a board member for two DC arts organizations, and is an alumna of the ArtEquity Facilitator Cohort, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educators Academy, Arts Administrators Academy, 4pt0 Schools Essentials Program, and the Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy. She is working endlessly towards her goals of becoming an arts education expert and advocate by providing a quality education to DC’s at-promise student populations by establishing and leading a school dedicated to the arts.

Bryan Joseph Lee
Associate Director of Special Artistic Projects
The Public Theater
New York, New York

Bryan Joseph Lee is the Associate Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater, an artist-driven, radically inclusive, fundamentally democratic theater company in New York, NY. In this role, Mr. Lee produces audience engagement programs and local touring productions that bring theater directly to underserved communities in all five boroughs of New York City.

Previously, Mr. Lee was Director of Marketing & Communications at Round House Theatre, a regional theater company in Bethesda, Maryland. At Round House, Mr. Lee oversaw earned revenue and institutional marketing, with a specific interest in cultivating diverse audiences through authentic and targeted relationship building. Mr. Lee has guided numerous audience engagement initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally, including recent projects in Salem, Oregon and Alexandria, Egypt.

Mr. Lee was recently elected by Americans for the Arts to serve on the Emerging Leaders Council, which aims to connect and serve young arts managers nationwide. In 2016, Mr. Lee was also named a Rising Leader of Color by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has served on the Board of Governors for theatreWashington, a service organization dedicated to representing the theatre community in the nation’s capital.

Previously, Mr. Lee worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and SOURCE Festival in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a degree in Latin American Studies and Theater.

Ruby Lopez Harper
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.