About Intersection for the Arts
Provide people in arts and culture with resources to grow.
Intersection for the Arts is a bedrock Bay Area arts nonprofit that’s dedicated to helping artists grow. Through vital resources, including fiscal sponsorship, low-cost coworking and event space, and professional development, we empower people to continue creating, thinking big, and taking weird and wonderful risks in today’s rapidly evolving world.
We believe art and culture are necessary elements of wellbeing. That’s why we serve people working in the arts– from artists to educators to administrators to funders.
We take the stance that artists should be at the top of the systems that were originally created to support their work. Art institutions would not exist but for artists’ creativity, sweat, blood, tears, and enormously generous hearts. We support those who take matters into their own capable hands and make their own opportunities. We stand by artists every day in their efforts to make our communities better, healthier, more exciting and dynamic places to live our lives.
People – Art – Service – Integrity – Transparency – Humor – Diversity – Equity – Inquiry – Connection – Professionalism – Rigor
Randy’s job is to provide the overarching vision and direction for Intersection for the Arts, which includes finding new ways to support artists. His favorite part of the job is meeting the incredible people who are making a difference in the world through their artistic practices. With over thirty years experience as an artistic director, he co-founded New York City’s HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art and HERE Arts Center, served as the executive artistic director for Cleveland Public Theatre, and has a long career as an actor and director in NYC and regionally. He joined Intersection for the Arts in 2008 and became Executive Director in 2015. When he’s not keeping the trains running at Intersection, you can find him cooking adventurous meals, traveling, researching his family tree, or working (at a snail’s pace) on his memoirs.
Director of Finance & Organizational Development
As an on-staff arts management coach and consultant, Yesenia’s job is focused on Intersection’s infrastructure. She works with the Executive Director to manage Intersection’s financial and organizational needs and facilitates Intersection’s strategic planning. Her favorite part of the job is integrating balance and love into Intersection’s organizational planning and decision making. With 18 years of experience working with artists and arts organizations, Yesenia is the Principal Consultant of Soleil Coaching and Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in supporting nonprofits working at the intersection of arts, culture, and social justice. When not at Intersection, Yesenia is deeply involved in spiritual practice and growth. On any given day, you can find her zenning out while drinking exotic teas with her crystals.
Director of Artist Services
Tania’s job is to help Intersection’s members achieve their creative and strategic goals. She works one-on-one with artists in the Fiscal Sponsorship program, designs and implements Intersection’s professional development initiatives, and administers Intersection’s growing library of artist resources. Since 2008, she has worked as both artist and organizer to develop exhibitions, design workshops, produce public programs, publish experimental art books, and advocate for labor reform in the art sector. Before Intersection, she worked behind the scenes at The Wattis Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kiria Koula, and as an artist in residence for local collective Futurefarmers. When Tania’s not chatting with artists at Intersection, she can be found sunning by the Yuba River, cooking (eating) with people, dancing in her apartment, or working on her longtime art project, The Brick Library.
Space Program Director
Daniel’s job is to make sure Intersection’s members and staff have a great space to work in and to be a resource on all things ‘space’. His favorite part of the job is working with all of Intersection’s extraordinary artists. He has worked across theatre and the arts in his native Australia and London for more than 9 years. His work in set/costume design and production for live performance has given him the opportunity to work on productions for international opera companies, Australian national tours as well as for the West End and Broadway. When he’s not pretending he works for the NASA space program, you can find him also working for local opera company Opera Parallèle, catching a show around town (maybe by LevyDance where he is a board member) or catching up on his current TV guilty pleasure. Daniel is curious about new approaches to a sustainable arts industry in San Francisco.
Jae’s job is to take care of members’ transactional requests and assist with day-to-day member inquiries. Her favorite part of her job is being of assistance to Intersection’s members. In addition to her professional experience in retail banking and administrative services, Jae has 10 years of experience as a Filipino folk dancer. She currently serves as dance assistant to Barangay Dance Company of San Francisco in addition to being a consultant and choreographer to Skyline College and San Francisco State University with their annual Pilipino Cultural Nights (PCNs). Outside of dancing, dance research and learning more about the traditional attire and textiles from the different regions of the Philippines, you can find Jae with her friends and family or dabbling in photography, make-up, cooking and dreaming of her next adventure in Philippine folk dance.
Director of Engagement & Communications
Nora Grant’s job is bifold: to design and implement Intersection’s brand through strategic communications and to build community amongst artists and cultural workers through innovative programming. Since joining Intersection, Nora’s led Intersection’s organizational rebranding, developed artist residencies and adult learning workshops, and managed Communications Fellow Izzy Parlamis. A visual artist with over 7 years experience working in the arts, Nora’s work experience includes curating exhibitions and managing public programs for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, creating the traveling Pop Up Museum, making paper at New York paper mill Pace Prints, and tutoring inmates at San Quentin State Prison. When Nora’s not making stuff with people, she can be found hanging with any cat she finds, walking around Lake Merritt, and eating too much popcorn.
Izzy’s job is to create and curate content for Intersection’s social media, newsletter, and assist with graphic design. Izzy is a graduating senior at UC Berkeley studying History of Art and Human Rights. Her work experiences include organizing events for students at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, teaching art classes to elementary students, and working for Bay Area fine art galleries. At Intersection, she loves to learn about the creative minds making art and change in the Bay Area. When Izzy’s not in class or working, she can be found in the ceramic studio, on a hike, or color coding her calendar.