We are so very happy to announce the recipients of the inaugural Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award, which recognizes arts and culture leaders who address critical issues facing San Francisco’s art community and work to continue Ebony’s deep commitment to cultivating leaders of color. The award is made possible with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
BEATRICE L. THOMAS
Regional Awardee: Beatrice L. Thomas is an arts equity consultant, coach, and multi-disciplinary artist whose regenerative social practice nationally advances the work of queer, trans and POC artists. For nearly a decade, she has worked in the public, creative, and non-profit sectors in the San Francisco Bay area, dedicating her career to philanthropy and professional development for queer, trans and POC artists. Before becoming a consultant, she held Program Officer position at San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a lead consultant for Independent Arts & Media, foolsFURY Theatre, and SAFEhouse Arts. She is an inaugural APAP Leadership Fellow and received her MFA from the University of Texas.
“Beatrice has dedicated their career and life to uplifting and sharing our SF QT/POC artistic values and aesthetics nationally. Their work championing queer and trans inclusion with APAP, NPN (and in every breath they take) and the ease in which they offer their help to those in need gives me hope in extremely challenging political times.” —Kevin Seaman
San Francisco Awardee: Thuy Tran a Bay Area-based artist and experience curator. When not producing events, she’s writing and acting with Granny Cart Gangstas, an Asian American female comedy sketch group. Thuy co-founded The Rooted Recipes Project in 2018 to reflect on the ways that food has played a role in AAPI identity and resistance. A graduate of Georgetown University, she is the current Associate Producer of Public Programs at the JCCSF where she created a Foodways series to elevate Bay Area narratives through storytelling and meal-sharing. Thuy is a 2017 YBCA Public Imagination Fellow and 2016 EAP Fellow with Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA. Funding for the San Francisco Awardee is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
“I want to create more meals around different topics and bring in more community partners. As I’ve learned at past meals, there is a need for this kind of space – for people to engage, eat, share, reflect, learn, and just be together. Just as much as we need to fight status quo and resist oppressive systems, we also need to be able to experience joy and happiness.”
2018 Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award Nominees
We would also like to honor all the incredible arts leaders who were nominated by the community for the award:
Angela Mictlanxochitl Anderson Guerrero
Beatrice L. Thomas
2018 Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award Selection Panel
Amanda Fey Harris
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen