meet our curatorial COMMITTEE

Because of the breadth and sensitivity of the festival's subject matter, we created a Curatorial Committee, and work with peer cultural institutions as well as community and social justice organizations in order to incorporate a broad range of ideas and viewpoints.


Nicholas Cohn

is an independent curator, cultural organizer, and fundraiser for the arts, as well as the founder of Art and Social Activism and the director of the Art and Social Activism Festival.

Over the past 15 years, he has worked for arts organizations including the Brooklyn Museum, Art in General, A Blade of Grass, and the arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. He was Director of Tyler Rollins Fine Art and William Holman Galleries, where he helped to introduce the work of emerging and under-recognized artists, placing works of art in private and museum collections. He also worked with Art Miami, LLC, producing art fairs in New York, Miami and Southampton.


Monika Fabijanska

is a New York-based art historian and independent curator who specializes in women's art and feminist art. Her groundbreaking exhibition The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. at Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, was named the fifth of 20 best New York City art shows in 2018 by Hyperallergic, and received critical praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among others. It was accompanied by the catalog and symposium.


Kevin B. Chen

has been involved in the Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He currently serves as a faculty member at San Francisco State University’s School of Art and at Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History; a member of Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board; and a curatorial committee member at Root Division and Pro Arts Gallery.


Courtney Miller

is a native New Yorker raised in the Bronx, who now serves as Community Organizer with the grassroots organization Citizen Action of New York. She is also known as the Grammy-nominated songwriter and artivist Keris Love.

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R. Leopoldina Torres

is President and Director of the Board for the Monotype Guild of New England and co-founder of Banter Artists Collective. She works in the Communications Division of the Harvard Art Museums and is pursuing a graduate degree in Museum Studies at Harvard University.



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