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 explore our vast potential to change the world.

Viviana “Yura Sapi” Vargas (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, arts manager, arts educator and facilitator. They run 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. Personally, Viviana works through artistic mediums including poetry, photography, illustration, theatre, film, and more. Viviana is a Steering Committee Member of the Latinx Theatre Commons and teaches Theatre Management at CUNY Baruch College. They are hold academic degrees (MFA in Performing Arts Management from CUNY Brooklyn College and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University), but more greatly value learning from being a Cycle IV fellow of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and part of artEquity‘s 2018 National Facilitator Training cohort. Their work is regularly featured in the monthly zine, Young Ignorantes and they have worked with arts organizations including DROMTheatre Communications GroupHowlRound Theatre CommonsActors’ Equity AssociationThe Public Theater, and CultureHub. Visit advancingartsforward.com for upcoming events and happenings.

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color
Video

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color

Subtitle

An online conference hosted by Advancing Arts Forward

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

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.