Cultural Advisory Council


Cultural Advisory Council Members

(as of 5/31/23)

Coya Paz - Chair

Blake-Anthony Johnson - Vice Chair


Alison Cuddy – Writer and Curator

Amina J. Dickerson - President, Dickerson Global Advisors

Juan Díes - Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sones de México Ensemble

Bob Faust - Owner, Faust and Special Projects Director, Nick Cave Studio

E. Brooke Flanagan - Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Robert Gomez - Owner, Subterranean/Beat Kitchen/Underbar; Co-founder of Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL)

Esther Grisham Grimm - Executive Director, 3Arts

Tracie D. Hall - Executive Director, American Library Association

Akilah S. Halley - Executive Director, Marwen

Kevin Iega Jeff - Creative Director, Deeply Rooted Productions

Blake-Anthony Johnson - Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Sinfonietta

Josephine Lee - President, Uniting Voices Chicago

Tonika Lewis Johnson - Artist, Folded Map Project

Bill Michel - Associate Vice President and Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Cesáreo J. Moreno - Chief Curator & Visual Arts Director, National Museum of Mexican Art

Margaret C. Murphy-Webb - Executive Director & Co-Founder, South Side Jazz Coalition

Coya Paz - Artistic Director, Free Street Theater

Claire C. Rice - Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois

Silvia Rivera - Business Strategist & Creative Industry Consultant

Paul J. Sznewajs - CEO, Parliament

Vivian Teng - Managing Director, Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival

Omar Torres-Kortright - Executive Director, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Kaoru Watanabe - Associate Director, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

Tanner Woodford - Founder & Executive Director, Design Museum of Chicago

Debra Yepa-Pappan - Native Community Engagement Coordinator, Field Museum