About this Speaker
Tariana Navas-Nieves, Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues (A&V), City and County of Denver, has 30 years of experience in management, equity and race and social justice work; museum and curatorial practice; grantmaking; translation and interpretation; television, and communications. As Director of Cultural Affairs, she oversees the City departments of Public Art, Cultural Programs & Events, Creative Industries (Create Denver), SCFD Tier III (Tax District) funding, Arts Education, and the agency’s numerous cultural investments and grant programs. She was also Co-Lead in the creation of the City’s Cultural Plan, IMAGINE 2020. Navas-Nieves developed and leads the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work for the agency, and is on the Executive Leadership Team of the Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation and his Equity Platform City-wide. Navas-Nieves serves on national, regional and local boards and advisory groups including: Grantmakers in the Arts, Philanthropy Colorado, Mayor’s Denver Latino Commission, Mayor’s International Advisory Council, National Steering Committee for Equity in the Panel Room Project (Co-author of the Re-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process,) and others. Prior to her work with the City and County of Denver, she served as Public Information Manager for the Gold Line commuter rail transit line, part of the $2.04 billion Eagle P3 transportation project. She also served as Curator of Hispanic and Native American Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during their 25-million-dollar expansion project. Navas-Nieves’ experience spans into television, having worked for Telemundo as an arts reporter; translation and interpretation with her own business working for the Federal Court of Immigration, Children’s Hospital, and museums and city departments throughout the United States; and providing extensive curatorial services to art collectors and museums. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.