Place-Based Experiments in Intercultural Leadership Development

Saturday, June 15, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Explore how systems can move towards cultural equity with leadership and training opportunities for people of color through four impactful programs: the Intercultural Leadership Institute, the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute, the Diversity in Arts Leadership program, and the Urban Futures Lab.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the motivations for these leadership development programs for emergent creative leaders of color.
  2. Explore how these programs can build capacity and skills centered on a recognition of systemic inequity community empowerment.
  3. Discuss how these programs use leadership development in the arts to connect with residents, government, and non-arts sectors.


Demone Carter
Program Manager
The School of Arts and Culture @ MHP
San Jose, California

Demone Carter is an award-winning Hip Hop artist and creative catalyst who works to foster inclusion within San Jose’s arts ecosystem. In his current role as Program Manager for the School of Arts and Culture at MHP’s Multicultural Arts Leadership Insitute (MALI) he is tasked with leading a cohort-based arts leadership program for arts professionals of color deeply engaged in Silicon Valley’s arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. Demone is a MALI Alum and member of MALI Class Four.
Before joining the School of Arts and Culture Demone co-founded FutureArtsNow!  a for-profit venture that seeks to fill the void left by vanishing school arts programs through the medium of authentic hip hop dance. FutureArtsNow! has received recognition from San Jose Job Corps and the City of San Jose.
Performing under the name DEM ONE he has released several albums, been named Silicon Valley Artist Laureate (2016), and recently participated in a cultural exchange musical tour of Vietnam in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
In addition to recording and performing Demone is also the host of the Dad Bod Rap Pod podcast and writes about music, culture, and race for Content Magazine, SV De Bug, and San Jose.

Mike Blockstein
Public Matters
Los Angeles, California

Mike Blockstein is a visual artist and educator with a long track record of expanding the boundaries of the arts. He is Principal of Public Matters, a Los Angeles social enterprise and creative studio for civic engagement that uses socially engaged art to leverage greater inclusion, public participation and transformative change. His work addresses art’s role in civic life, working with diverse groups and institutions of varying scale to reflect on, understand and shape their physical, social and political geographies.

Mike developed and co-leads Public Matters’ leadership development initiative, Urban Futures Lab, a two-year paid fellowship for young adults of color ages 18-26. The Lab is part on-the-job training, part professional development, part network-building and 100% community-focused. Fellows are trained to be multidisciplinary, creative community problem solvers and catalysts for change.

Underscoring his cross-sector work, Mike is a rare visual artist with a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School. He spends his days bringing together professionals from public health, urban planning, and transportation to work with high school students, Fellows and artists on placed-based projects that transform the culture, practice and experience of civic participation in communities of color. 

Emma Osore
Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager
Americans for the Arts
Maria Lopez de Leon
President & CEO
National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures