EAP is so very happy to announce the recipients of the inaugural Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award:
Beatrice L. Thomas & Thuy Tran

The Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award recognizes arts and culture leaders who address critical issues facing San Francisco’s art community and work to continue Ebony’s deep commitment to cultivating leaders of color and increasing equitable access to the arts in the Bay Area. The award is the newest addition to EAP's MADE Awards & Incubator program and is made possible with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission. [ more...]

Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Awardees

BEATRICE L. THOMAS [Regional Awardee] is an arts equity consultant, coach, and multi-disciplinary artist whose regenerative social practice nationally advances the work of queer, trans and POC artists. For nearly a decade, she has worked in the public, creative, and non-profit sectors in the San Francisco Bay area, dedicating her career to philanthropy and professional development for queer, trans and POC artists. Before becoming a consultant, she held Program Officer position at San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a lead consultant for Independent Arts & Media, foolsFURY Theatre, and SAFEhouse Arts. She is an inaugural APAP Leadership Fellow and received her MFA from the University of Texas.

THUY TRAN [San Francisco Awardee] is a Bay Area-based artist and experience curator. When not producing events, she’s writing and acting with Granny Cart Gangstas, an Asian American female comedy sketch group. Thuy co-founded The Rooted Recipes Project in 2018 to reflect on the ways that food has played a role in AAPI identity and resistance. A graduate of Georgetown University, she is the current Associate Producer of Public Programs at the JCCSF where she created a Foodways series to elevate Bay Area narratives through storytelling and meal-sharing. Thuy is a 2017 YBCA Public Imagination Fellow and 2016 EAP Fellow with Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA. Funding for the San Francisco Awardee is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award Nominees

We would also like to honor all the incredible arts leaders who were nominated by the community for the award: Andrea Cortes-Juarbe, Angela Mictlanxochitl Anderson Guerrero, Bhumi B Patel, Carolina Quintanilla, Cristina Ibarra, Danielle Siembieda-Gribben, Eden Stein, Erica Gangsei, Esailama Diouf, Jason Bayani, Javier Stell-Fresquez, Joe Landini, Karen Seneferu, Kevin Seaman, Lyz Luke, Mark Sabb, Polina Smith, Ryanaustin Dennis, Sarah Thomas, Tyra Fennell.

Join us for an award ceremony at the fourth annual SFAC Grants Convening

Thursday, September 20, 5–7:30 PM 
Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF

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