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Tariana Navas-Nieves

City and County of Denver | Director of Cultural Affairs

Tariana Navas-Nieves has 29 years of experience in non-profit management, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, community building, grantmaking, translation and interpretation, and television. Currently she is Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, the local art agency for the City & County of Denver. In this capacity, she oversees the departments of Public Art, Cultural Programs & Events, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III funding, the Arts Education Fund, and the agency’s eleven grant and awards programs. These programs include but are not limited to P.S. You Are Here, IMAGINE 2020 Fund, and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Mini Grant Program in partnership with the Human Rights & Community Partnerships Commissions, comprised of the Latino Commission, African American Commission, American Indian Commission, Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, Commission on Aging, Immigrant & Refugee Commission, Commission for People with Disabilities, LGBTQ Commission and Women’s Commission. Navas-Nieves is also responsible for the SCFD Tier III funding program, working with City Council, the Denver County Cultural Council and SCFD, and implements IMAGINE 2020, the City’s Cultural Plan. She developed and leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness initiative for Denver Arts & Venues, and is the Co-Lead on the Mayor’s City-wide Race & Social Justice initiative to be developed and implemented in partnership with the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships. Navas-Nieves serves on boards and advisory groups including: Colorado Association of Funders, Denver Latino Commission (Co-Chair), Human Rights & Community Partnerships Advisory Board, Mayor’s International Advisory Council, National Steering Committee for Equity in the Panel Room Project, Denver’s Arts & Diversity Task Force, Denver Art Museum’s Latino Audience Alliance, Americans for the Arts Equitable Investments Advisory Group and others. She is also a graduate of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver (class of 2015). She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.