Welcome to the third episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes.
In this episode, Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Executive Director of Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS), Chike Nwoffiah, Executive Director of Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) and Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Executive Director of School of the Arts and Culture, come together to discuss their organizational projects and solutions that aim to bring racial equality to the arts sector and beyond. Facilitated by SVCF Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Mauricio Palma, this dialogue calls out the need for awareness, funding and intentional storytelling for communities of color. These are integral components to bringing more opportunities and equality to minorities.
In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.
Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Executive Director of School of the Arts and Culture,
Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Executive Director of Ayudando Latinos A Soñar,
Chike Nwoffiah, Executive Director of Silicon Valley African Film Festival,
and Mauricio Palma, Director of Initiatives and Partnerships for SVCF.
What you will learn:
- Belinda’s story behind founding ALAS, through her invisibility and dream to bring arts to communities of color
- Chike’s story behind founding SVAFF, through inspiration to enact change with visual storytelling
- Jessica’s story behind SOC and the importance of leveraging the arts to celebrate culture
- Recommendations for philanthropists and donors on how to utilize arts and the creative sector to create solutions to racial inequality in our communities
Resources from this episode:
- Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, Founder & CEO of ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Soñar)
- Chike Nwoffiah, Founding Director of Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF), President at Rhesus Media Group, & Adjunct Professor at Menlo College
- Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Executive Director of School of Arts and Culture
- Mauricio Palma, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Stanford Social Innovation Review:The Roles of Philanthropy in Advancing Equity In The Arts
- SVCF’s Black-led organization Giving Guide