ArtTable at CAA: Pathways to Diversity in the Arts
February 23, 2018

At the core of ArtTable’s mission since its founding in 1980 has been promoting diversity
for women professionals in the arts, a goal that has gained widespread and
unprecedented prominence in recent years, becoming a top priority for ArtTable’s
nationwide agenda. With the turn of the twenty-first century, ArtTable raised the stakes
in redressing the endemic lack of diversity in the field by establishing its pioneering
Fellowship for Diversity in the Visual Arts Program with a view to facilitating opportunities
for the next generation of women as they embark on careers in the arts. In its eighteenth
year, ArtTable’s diversity fellowship has supported over seventy-five female graduate
students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Southern California, ArtTable at CAA: Pathways to Diversity in the Arts
Moderator: Susan L. Power, PhD, independent scholar, and curator in Los Angeles, and
co-chair, Southern California chapter, ArtTable.
Donna Stein, art historian, curator, and recently retired deputy director of the Wende
Museum of the Cold War in Culver City.
Debra J.T. Padilla, executive director, Social and Public Resource Center (SPARC) in
Venice, CA.

MonaLisa Whitaker, administrator with Watts Labor Community Action Committee
(WLCAC) and recently retired executive director of Inglewood Cultural Arts.
Endia Beal, director, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina.
Jenay Meraz, registration administrator, exhibitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Tiffany E. Barber, PhD, predoctoral residential research fellow at the Carter G.
Woodson, Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.
Loriann Hernandez, founder, Urban Canvas arts organization, Native American activist,
curator, artist, and professional roller skater.
Erika Hirugami, founder and CEO, CuratorLove global enterprise (currently in Los
Angeles, London, Mexico City, and London).


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