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Roberto Bedoya

Tucson Pima Arts Council
Executive Director

Roberto Bedoya is the executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts, (TPAC) Tucson AZ, where he has instituted the innovative P.L.A.C.E. (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative, a civic engagement/placemaking platform that supports artists’ projects that address critical community issues. He has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. Prior to his work in the field of local arts agencies, Bedoya was the executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1996 to 2001 and served as co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA. His essays U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential; Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging,and Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City have informed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. As an arts consultant he has worked on projects for Creative Capital Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Urban Institute. Bedoya sits on the boards of the Grantmakers in the Arts and The Network of Ensemble Theaters. He has been a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, May 7

9:15am EDT

Saturday, May 9

2:00pm EDT