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Viviana Vargas

Viviana runs Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion and justice through the arts by creating liberated spaces that uplift, heal, and encourage us to change the world.

Viviana Vargas, “Yura Sapi" (they/them), is an artist, activist, arts manager, educator, facilitator, and entrepreneur. After finishing two degrees in the performing arts and spending time in the “diversity and inclusion” field of the U.S. American Theatre, Viviana founded Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion, and justice through the arts by creating liberated spaces that uplift, heal, and encourage us to explore our vast potential to change the world. Advancing Arts Forward hosts and consults for in person and online workshops, university classes, gatherings, discussions, and resource sharings across the country and worldwide. Viviana also runs Balistikal, a healing and arts space that centers LGBTQ+ community in Latin America. As a citizen of Ecuador, Colombia, and the United States, Viviana actively considers their role in the fight for liberation beyond the U.S. borders thinking specifically about anti-racism, decolonization, and collective liberation. Viviana is also a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee and is co-championing a 2023 summit on celebrating Blackness and combating colorism within the Latinx community. Viviana is currently developing restorative justice based processes to repair relations affected by racism and white supremacy with various activist initiatives and collectives.

 

How We Grew a Student-Centered Anti-Racist Movement at Our Institution of Learning
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How We Grew a Student-Centered Anti-Racist Movement at Our Institution of Learning

10 September 2020

Tatiana Gil, Micah Rosegrant, Viviana Vargas, and Ciera-Sadé Wade—members of the Boston University School of Theatre Anti-Racist Student Initiative (BU SARSI)—speak to how, after a public outpouring of testimonials from former and current students of BU’s School of Theatre—detailing racism, sexism, ableism, and more—they rallied together to innovate ways of addressing the white supremacy within the school.

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color
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The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color

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An online conference hosted by Advancing Arts Forward

Friday 1 March 2019
Video Conference
The West Side Story Appropriation We Never Really Talk About
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The West Side Story Appropriation We Never Really Talk About

25 August 2017

Viviana Vargas compares West Side Story and La Carreta by looking at the history of Puerto Ricans migrating to New York to better understand an example of cultural appropriation in the arts, its effects, its telltale signs, and some lessons for the future.