Meet our grantee:
Senior Fellow Nayantara Sen
Type of grant:Building the Pop Culture for Social Change Field
Nayantara Sen is an activist, network builder, arts advocate, and social and racial justice educator and trainer, as well as a principal partner of Art/Work Practice, LLC. She is the Culture and Content Program Manager and Senior Trainer at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. At Race Forward, she produces curricula, facilitates racial justice workshops to support movement organizations and nonprofits nationally, and develops cultural and narrative strategies for racial equity. She is the program designer and manager of the Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab in New York City, which is equipping 60 arts and cultural organizations with racial equity practices and prototypes.
Since the mid 2000s, Nayantara has trained thousands of nonprofit and philanthropic sector professionals, students, teachers, administrators, funders, grassroots activists, labor organizers, and public health and social service workers. Her interdisciplinary programs address the intersections of race, gender, class, media, and art. Previously, she developed public programs on topics like multi-raciality and zines, media criticism and science fiction, and race and storytelling through Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history program that explores histories of mixed-race families in New York. As a Sr. Fellow, Nayantara Sen will design and make recommendations for how to incubate a network of cultural strategists that can be deployed for one-off and/or long-term consulting on culture change and narrative design strategy for organizations, narrative cohorts, and foundations.