Supporting Art's Role in Moments of Civil Unrest

Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

With so much natural and human-caused uncertainty in communities now, it's important for nexus organizations to have a plan for supporting artistic response and resilience. Join this session to learn how to support your community and leverage a response network.

This session addresses issues of accessibility, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, and leadership.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.


Carl Atiya Swanson
Associate Director
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, Minnesota

Carl Atiya Swanson is Springboard for the Arts' Associate Director, working on Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. Swanson previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and founded Crown & Sparrow, a boutique communications consulting firm specializing in work with artists. He is a theatermaker and is on the board of the Dissonance, advocating for mental health and wellness in creativity. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Kibibi Ajanku
Arts Activist
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Baltimore, Maryland

Kibibi Ajanku’s passion for art was nurtured in Baltimore, and commenced as a journey originating with the study of movement, as well as training in performing and visual arts, deepening into an exploration, execution, and profound passion for ethnically charged art forms. Ajanku believes when presented properly, art is a perfect vehicle in forward motion to greater global community intercultural awareness. As a result, she is continuously involved in programming that expands awareness, builds insight, and connects people. As a senior staff member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, her primary responsibility is the management of the Urban Arts Leadership Program initiative that offers a tangible step to creating and widening the arts sector administrative pipeline for a diverse pool of emerging arts trailblazers. Ajanku matriculated at Morgan State University, holds a Maryland Institute College of Art Curatorial Practice MFA, and is an Urban Arts Professor at Coppin State University.
Roberto Bedoya
Cultural Affairs Manager
City of Oakland
Oakland, California