Since the Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, Jane Golden has been its driving force, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program, a catalyst for positive social change and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. Under Ms. Golden’s direction and in partnership with communities, grassroots organizations, city agencies, schools and philanthropies, the Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,800 landmark works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals."
Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert in urban transformation through art, Ms. Golden has received numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Award, the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, the Moore College of Art Visionary Woman Award, an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, the Katharine Hepburn Medal, and recognition as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. Ms. Golden holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and degrees in Fine Arts and Political Science from Stanford University. In addition, Ms. Golden has received honorary PhDs from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Widener University, and most recently Haverford College and Villanova University.
For more than 30 years, Juana Guzman has served as a nationally acclaimed arts manager, earned income specialist, and consultant to non-profit organizations and the philanthropic sector.
Throughout her career, Ms. Guzman has championed the promotion and preservation of arts, culture, and heritage as a catalyst for social change for diverse American populations. Since 1980, she has developed and implemented strategies that focused on organizational capacity building, alternative sources of revenue, entrepreneurialism, and tourism, as well as facility development initiatives for non-profit organizations.
In 2012, Ms. Guzman left her position of 13 years as the Vice President of the National Museum of Mexican Arts (NMMA) in Chicago, the largest accredited Latino arts institution in the United States, to start her own consulting company I Juana Know Inc, with a focus on enhanced revenue for creative markets and creative place-making.
Ms. Guzman previously served as the Director of Community Cultural Development for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for 18 years. Ms. Guzman also served as a team technical advisor and consultant for the Ford Foundation’s Shifting Sands Initiative, managed by Partners for Livable Communities in Washington, D.C. The initiative worked to reframe arts and cultural organizations as vital agents of community development through improving neighborhood identities, social mobility, and economic growth. In addition, Ms. Guzman’s served as a consultant for Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) in New York City. LINC is a national initiative aimed at improving the living and working conditions for artists in all disciplines.
Ms. Guzman is currently a technical advisor/reviewer for the NEA and ArtPlace America. She is the co-founder of the National Association of Latino Arts Culture, serves on national boards, and has a background in visual arts.
James Kass is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Speaks. He is widely credited with helping to launch the youth spoken word movement, working with tens of thousands of young people from across the country to help them find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as leaders of societal change.
Creator and Co-Executive Producer of the seven-part HBO series Brave New Voices and the Peabody-nominated HBO’s Brave New Voices 2010, Mr. Kass also created the concept and served as the Artistic Director of the PBS series Poetic License, created the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, and serves as Executive Editor of First Word Press. He was, among many other things, a founding member of the San Francisco Poet Laureate Selection Committee and helped launch the San Francisco and Oakland Youth Laureate Programs. Mr. Kass has received several awards for his writing, his work in the nonprofit sector, and his work as an educator. Widely published, Mr. Kass recently curated the poetry for the first-ever White House Poetry Jam. He received the inaugural “Forward Under 40” award for outstanding alumni from the University of Wisconsin, and he helped to launch a four-year scholarship program for students of color there.
Mr. Kass founded Youth Speaks while a graduate student in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. He has participated in the Rockwood Leadership Institute as an Arts Fellow, and the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program at the business schools of Harvard University and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Kass also created the Brave New Voices Network, helpings to launch more than 50 spoken word programs across the country, including co-founding Youth Speaks NY in 1999 (now called Urban Word NYC), Youth Speaks Seattle, Youth Speaks Hawai’i, Youth Speaks Wisconsin, and many more.
Angie Kim is the President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), which supports individuals in the arts, including artists, independent designers, cultural producers, and arts professionals. Ms. Kim has more than 15 years of nonprofit arts and philanthropy experience with private and family foundations and regranting intermediaries, having worked in various roles as a grant-maker, evaluator, and communications specialist.
As a program officer at the Getty Foundation, she directed its internship program for multicultural undergraduates to gain professional experience in the arts and managed an international fellowship for curators. Prior to the Getty Foundation, she was director of programs at the Flintridge Foundation, where she was responsible for grants supporting environmental conservation, ensemble theaters, and individual visual artists. She introduced grant-making changes that focused on nonprofits’ financial and artistic capacity and influenced more national funding for those fields. Ms. Kim is also an expert in private philanthropy, having worked as director of programs at Southern California Grantmakers where she provided programming on philanthropic issues to independent, family, community, corporate, and operating foundations as well as individual donors.
She has been active in Los Angeles Arts Funders, the Los Angeles Arts Loan Fund, and was a working group member that brought the Pew Cultural Data Project to California. She served on the boards of Leveraging Investments in Creativity and as vice-chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. She is a current Council Member of American Alliance of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums.
Ms. Kim received her bachelor’s degree in art history and English literature from Linfield College, master’s degree in art history from University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from Walden University.
Kim Peter Kovac
Kim Peter Kovac is Director of Programming for Young Audiences at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he coordinates all performances for young audiences Center-wide across theater, music, opera, dance, and other disciplines.
Mr. Kovac also oversees Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, which commissions, produces, presents, and tours work for young and family audiences. At the Center, he served as producer of more than 60 new plays, operas, and dances. He is co-founding director of New Visions/New Voices, the Center’s award-winning workshop/festival for the development of new plays for young audiences, which has assisted in the development of 96 new plays, musicals, and operas from 86 playwrights and 37 composers since 1991.
He was a State Department/Arts America Fellow to Amman, Jordan, teaching a four-week seminar in theatrical design to professional directors and designers. From 2002-2014, he was on the governing board of ASSITEJ, the international association of theaters for young audiences, including two terms as Vice President. Since 1998, he has been on the board of Theater for Young Audiences/USA (serving as president from 2004 to 2008) and was on the board of International Performing Arts for Youth from 2010 to 2013. In May 2011, he co-founded “Write Local. Play Global,” an international network for playwrights for young audiences, which presently has more than 600 members in 64 countries.
Mr. Kovac is the only person to have received long-time artistic achievement/distinguished service awards from all three major organizations in theater education and theater for young audiences: International Performing Arts for Youth, the American Alliance for Theater in Education, and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. With co-designer Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, he received Washington DC’s Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Kiss of the Spider Woman at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Mr. Kovac has an MFA in directing from the University of Texas at Austin, with minors in lighting design, scenic design, and history/criticism.
Arnaldo J. López
Arnaldo J. López is an arts manager and development strategist with a Ph.D. in Latin/o American Literatures and Cultures from New York University.
He joined Pregones Theater in 1999, just before the company set out to transform a South Bronx warehouse into a new performing arts center, and is part of the leadership team that engineered the company’s recent merger with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan. As Development Officer, he plays a key role in planning and diversified fundraising, including government, corporate, foundation, and individual contributions. Experienced in nonprofit arts management and the peer-reviewed funding process, Mr. López also works as advisor and consultant to other organizations and individuals mapping paths towards sustainable arts practice. His professional background includes 10 years in letterpress/graphic design and five years of college-level teaching. He is a member and former Board Vice Chair of The Bronx Council on the Arts and a frequent collaborator with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.