Niva Flor is Chief Impact & Strategy Officer at the Foundation. She brings more than ten years’ experience in community engagement and interactive cultural programming, including workshop and curriculum development. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the Community Partnership Manager at the Oakland Museum of California. During her tenure, she worked to expand strategic partnerships with community and cultural organizations and led a creative team in developing collaborative public art projects in neighborhoods historically underserved by the Museum. Flor has also produced numerous events and festivals showcasing and highlighting the artistic work of Bay Area emerging artists; has participated in post-Katrina community planning and economic development work in New Orleans and conducted community-based participatory research in Brazil, the Caribbean and South Africa.
Flor earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from Spelman College and her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Los Angeles. Flor’s research looked at the intersection of artistic practice and community development, with a focus on the ways in which the arts can impact marginalized communities. She received her certification in the Sound, Voice and the Healing Arts program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016. Committed to accessibility in the arts and wellness, Niva founded Huglife by Niva Flor, a community wellness studio and retail shop in Oak Park.
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