Professional Curator

Alex Sarian

Arts Advocacy Portfolio

United States, Nationwide

Arts organizations around the country are increasingly struggling to prove their local impact and relevance. With pockets of success being identified within certain regions, it's important to open channels of communication so leaders and organizations can learn from one another. The sharing of best practices and advocacy tools is imperative.


My impact areas of interest include making arts and culture available to young people and people in marginalized communities. With so many organizations excelling at providing services, it's important to support organizations that provide advocacy tools to under-resourced cultural and educational institutions.


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About the curator

Alex has 15 years experience working in the nonprofit sector with deep involvement in education, arts, and fundraising. He is currently a Senior Director at Lincoln Center Education. One of his roles is Project Director of the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, the organization's first re-granting program in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation. Previously, he was a management consultant and senior cultural strategist at Manhattan-based LaPlaca Cohen, where he consulted with clients across the arts and culture sector on strategy, management, and innovation. He also played a leadership role in Culture Track, the country's largest research initiative studying the barriers and motivators behind cultural consumption.

2 Years in grantmaking
Experience at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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Opportunities in this portfolio

Americans for the Arts (AA)

AA General Operating

AFTA has a presence in every state across the country. Funders can choose to donate to specific programs, or support the dissemination of resources to communities across the United States. Whether you are interested in creating a national network, or supporting the development of local arts communities, this is the ideal organization. AFTA also uses its local insights to inform federal policy-making, ensuring that the US Congress is aware of the needs and successes of artists and arts organizations across the country.


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