Claudia Leung serves on the Community Investments team at the San Francisco Arts Commission, supporting the City and County of San Francisco’s legislative mandate to grant funds to San Francisco artists and arts nonprofits rooted in the principle of Cultural Equity. Previously she was the first Digital Communications Specialist at the Oakland Museum of California, where she managed content and strategy for the website and email programs and launched of the Museum’s first institutional blog, centering stories and voices from the Oakland community. Claudia worked at the Oakland Museum of California from 2011 to 2017 serving in various capacities from membership to publicity, digital content to marketing, to editor of the member magazine. Prior to that, she worked at several Bay Area arts and culture organizations, including the Center for Asian American Media and the Korematsu Institute, and spent two years as a museum educator at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Claudia also pursues her passions through an emerging practice in printmaking and through her grassroots activist work with Asians4BlackLives. Throughout her life, Claudia has consistently focused on centering marginalized communities in the creation of art, media, and culture that reflects their experiences and her commitment to justice.
What is your goal in attending the 2018 Equity Summit as part of the CA Arts and Culture Delegation?
I hope to build closer relationships with colleagues in the arts field who see equity as a key value in their work. At the Equity Summit, I intend to share the best practices developed through our work at the San Francisco Arts Commission and learn how I can use my position to help adapt our work to the needs of the people we are meant to serve. I feel that learning from leaders outside of the arts and culture sector will help me understand of how I can better work with artists, arts organizations, and advocates to inform the policy and funding work that we do.