Examples and Models, and How They Might Apply

Thursday, June 14, 1:40 pm - 3:20 pm

In the two-part session, "Examples and Models," we'll explore both traditional and experimental models for using financial capital in service to equitable investment, and then move away from distributing money and towards the other precious resources shared by all nexus organizations: time and space.


Caroline Taiwo
Economic Opportunity Program Director
Springboard for the Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Caroline Taiwo is the Economic Opportunity Program Director at Springboard for the Arts and leads the work to create more equitable funding solutions to under-resourced artists in the U.S. Caroline oversees a partnership with Kiva U.S. to offer low barrier and crowd-funded loans to creative entrepreneurs and artist-run businesses in the U.S. Recently, she piloted the 20/20 Artist Fellowship program to award artists of color and indigenous artists who are creating tools and pathways for other artists in the industry. Caroline has a background in digital storytelling and currently manages the Arts + Culture section of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Previously she worked in Inclusion and Community Impact at American Public Media and sat on the Healthy States advisory panel at Minnesota Public Radio. Caroline studied at Howard University and holds a B.A. from Hamline University.

Libby Barbee
Manager of Art and Grant-Making
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Denver, Colorado

In search of a profession that would allow her to dabble as a philosopher, geographer, naturalist, anthropologist, writer and explorer of everything, Libby settled on a career in the arts, receiving a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Libby believes that culture and the arts are integral to the creation of strong and equitable communities, and strives to realize creative solutions to important problems by supporting artists and creatives. When not supporting artists and grantees through her work at RedLine, Libby can be found in her studio where she creates artwork that explores the relationship between nature and culture.

Axel Santana
Senior Program Coordinator
Oakland, California

Axel Santana is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development (ACED) initiative at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works. The ACED team at PolicyLink provides technical assistance, research, and policy advocacy tools to a variety of arts/cultural organizations across the country to help establish or strengthen capacity to create equitable development through arts and cultural approaches. Prior to PolicyLink, Axel received a Master's of International Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, where he had the opportunity to do local development work in Kenya and El Salvador.

Rebecca Kinslow
Community & Organizational Development Director
Metro Arts
Nashville, Tennessee

Rebecca Kinslow is the Community & Organizational Development Director and a member of the executive leadership team for Metro Arts, Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture. With over 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in event-planning, marketing, community development, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.
Kinslow leads the development, strategic planning and oversight of programs, partnerships and financial investments designed to support stronger arts & cultural organizations in Nashville. She oversees a $2.5 million annual public grant investment program, cultural and racial equity strategy, community arts programming and a wide network of local and national partnerships that expand the mission of Metro Arts to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts.  Currently, she is participating in the National Arts Strategies/University of Pennsylvania Executive Program in Arts & Cultural Strategy, a Collective Impact learning cohort of nonprofit, private sector and government representatives in Nashville, and an Arts Workgroup with the Government Alliance for Racial Equity. She also serves on the steering committee for the Americans for the Arts County Arts Network and the program advisory committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.