Yura Sapi (or Viviana Vargas Salvatierra) is an indigenous (Kichwa) mestiza, Ecuadorian and Colombian nonbinary interdisciplinary artist, activist, arts manager, educator, facilitator, healer, and founder of Advancing Arts Forward and BALISTIKAL. In 2018, after finishing two degrees in the performing arts and spending time in the “diversity and inclusion” field of the U.S. American Theatre, Yura Sapi 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 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. As a citizen of Ecuador, Colombia, and the United States, Yura Sapi actively considers their role in the fight for liberation beyond the U.S. borders thinking specifically about anti-racism, decolonization, and collective liberation. In 2019, Yura Sapi founded BALISTIKAL, a healing and arts space that centers LGBTQ+ community in Latin America. Yura Sapi currently teaches anti-racist performing arts management at CUNY Baruch College. Yura Sapi is a Kichwa language and American Sign Language student. Check out their latest project with HowlRound, The Building Our Own Tables Podcast interviewing Black, Native, Asian and other founders of color of arts organizations finding new ways of working together that aren't replicating the same white supremacy culture we were trying to get away from. Check out their artwork at yurasapi.com.