Supporting Artivists

Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

How can those who want to discover and implement resistance strategies while still making a living in the arts?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.


De Nichols
Director & Principal Designer
Civic Creatives
St. Louis, Missouri

De Nichols leads changemakers nationwide in the creative address of civic challenges. Based in St. Louis, MO, she serves as Director & Principal Designer of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services to foster community-driven discovery, ideation, and actualization of civic solutions. Nichols serves as a Board of Directors member for Forward through Ferguson and chairs the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab. She is a nationally recognized speaker on arts activism and social impact design, and she holds the St. Louis Visionary Award for community impact in the arts. Nichols is an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development. Her works have been supported by the Smithsonian Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Women’s Caucus for Art, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and StartingBloc Fellowship for Social Innovation.
Roseann Weiss
Director of Artist and Community Initiatives
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis, Missouri

Roseann Weiss is Director of the Artist and Community Initiatives Department at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis. In this position, she guides the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute - an innovative, cross-sector program centered on the belief that art can amplify the voices of communities, be a key factor in regenerating neighborhoods, and is a powerful agent for social change. Roseann leads RAC’s artists’ support programs and creative community initiatives which includes identifying resources for new projects. She has 30 years of experience in arts leadership in nonprofit institutions, museums, the public art realm, and gallery settings.
Anyka Barber
Fellow, Anchoring Communities
San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco, California
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, a curator, and an entrepreneur. In 2010, Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and arts space committed to the cultural, social, political, and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has produced, designed, and integrated art, enterprise, and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She is currently a Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, to prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color, and to bring greater racial and economic equity to the Bay Area. Behind the scenes, Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015, and Betti Ono was voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past three consecutive years 2016, 2015, and 2014 by East Bay Express.