The Ebony McKinney Leadership Award 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. Emerging Arts Professionals, with the San Francisco Arts Commission, are pleased to present the following individuals this inaugural award:
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.
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.
Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award 2018 Nominees
Angela Mictlanxochitl Anderson Guerrero
Beatrice L. Thomas