Professional Development Staff
Alyson Pou, Program Director
Alyson Pou has more than 20 years of experience making installation and performance work. Utilizing a background in visual art, dance and writing, her work combines movement, text and objects. She has performed, exhibited and lectured at museums, galleries, art centers and colleges around the country. Ms. Pou’s work has been presented in New York by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Performance Space 122, Franklin Furnace, The New Museum, Artists Space, The Bronx Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Creative Time, Dixon Place, HERE, the LMCC Swing Space Program, Central Booking Gallery and The Downtown Performance Festival. Her installation Wherein' Fury Takes Flight... "the time of our silence is over" was on view through March 2013 at Aljira, a center for contemporary art. She is the recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessie Award) as a Choreographer/Creator. She has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The American Antiquarian Society and has served on artist advisory and selection committees for both organizations. She received an ENVISION playwright residency at Bard College, awarded by Voice & Vision Theatre, and grants from Art Matters, Inc., The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, as well as a fellowship from the NEA Inter-arts Program, and the Henderson Award for Poetry.
Pou has taught classes on the history of performance art and has led workshops and classes for multi-media performance production at NYU, Cooper Union, the New School for Social Research in NYC, Williams College and Smith College in Massachusetts. She was the Director of Programming and Public Relations at Creative Time, Inc. from 1985 to 1997. She has lectured extensively on temporary public art and the innovative projects that Creative Time presented. She has many years of experience as a grant-making panelist for agencies including The New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Alyson Pou has been passionately committed to capacity and community building for individual artists throughout her career. She has been a long time advocate for artists’ rights and has led workshops and focus groups for artists of all disciplines.
Krista Fabian DeCastro, Senior Workshop Manager
Krista Fabian DeCastro is a cultural manager specializing festival programming, events production, cultural development and international cultural exchange. She served as program director of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, manager of the international programming department at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and manager of Africa Exchange, a program of 651 ARTS that supported collaborative exchanges between performing artists in the United States and Africa. She holds a BA from The New School and a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University and has also attended the University of Ghana, Legon and the Central European University in Budapest. Krista has guest lectured in international cultural exchange and international presenting at Duke University, Brooklyn College and the Marché des Arts du Spectacle Africain. She lives in Chicago.
Matthew Deleget, Online Learning Consultant
Matthew Deleget is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Matthew has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation, and his work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn, NY. Deleget holds an MFA in Painting an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. Learn more at matthewdeleget.com and minusspace.com.
Alexandra Siclait, PDP Administrative Manager
Alexandra Rachelle Siclait is a cultural diplomacy enthusiast from Haiti who loves to explore how the power of art can foster a better understanding of cultures and empower communities. She first began her arts leadership career in public programming at Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, New York. Soon thereafter she was selected to join the New Orleans public relations firm DEVENEY as the 2014 Summer Scholar Fellow. Siclait had the unique opportunity to work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C as the Public Affairs Intern and the NEA regional arts organization South Arts in Atlanta, GA as the Grants Program Intern. Prior to joining Creative Capital, she served as the Program Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, awarding and administering over $1M in contracts for arts services. Siclait received her BA in Political Communication from George Washington University, her MS in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is an inaugural member of the Janklow Arts Leadership Advanced Certificate Program.
Holly Ajala, PDP Marketing & Administrative Associate
Holly Ajala is a writer and storyteller with a fierce belief in the power of effective narrative to inspire empathy in the face of difference, to propel the reach of social justice and above all to challenge humans beings to be more human. To these ends, Holly has worked with the NYU Leadership Initiative, the ACLU Racial Justice Project , and the NYC Collaborative Writing Project to amplify the reach of marginalized voices, narratives, stories and communities. Holly currently writes for AYO Magazine, an online publication dedicated to honest and multifaceted portrayals of black women in search of joy. She is a recent NYU graduate with a B.A. in Politics and Africana Studies. She joined Creative Capital in 2016 and currently resides in Harlem.