Viviana Vargas

Viviana Vargas, founder of Advancing Arts Forward, is an artist, activist, and arts manager passionate about changing the world specifically through the medium of storytelling and by creating liberated spaces that uplift marginalized voices and experiences. 

Viviana “Yura Sapi” Vargas Salvatierra is a two-spirit, indigenous Latinx artist, activist and arts manager. They work with others who are passionate about changing the world specifically through the medium of storytelling and by creating liberated spaces that uplift marginalized voices and experiences. They manage Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion and social justice through the arts. Yura Sapi is currently working on a decolonization project throughout Latin America specifically in Kichwa communities of what is current-day Ecuador. They are 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. They hold an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BFA from Boston University. www.vivianavargas.com

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color
Video

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.