professional Development

Strategies for Self-Advocacy, Led by Ela Troyano & Felix Endara

May 16 2018


Creative Capital
15 Maiden Lane, 18th Floor
New York, NY


NYC Workshop


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Moving towards empowerment, building community, and financial security


This workshop will present skills building for artists who have been traditionally underserved in the arts. Designed for artists navigating intersectional issues of race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, the workshop will discuss the importance of self-advocacy, and will provide strategies for creating access and financial security.

Building off of previous Creative Capital workshops, this program will explore mentorship, strategic marketing, personal finances and negotiating strategies with a specific focus on self-advocacy for underserved artists.

About Ela Troyano
Ela Troyano is an interdisciplinary artist born in Cuba and based in New York City. Her projects bring together different aesthetic histories and genres: downtown New York avant-garde film and performance, queer cinema, Cuban cinema-in-exile, and Latina film and video. Throughout her 35-year career, her films and performances have straddled the worlds of documentary and fiction, installation and live action. Her films include the award winning fiction film Carmelita Tropicana Your Kunst Is Your Waffen (Your Art Is Your Weapon) and the PBS documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul. She has exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Performance Space 122 in New York, The British Film Institute in London and the Kino Arsenal in Berlin. She has received awards from Creative Capital, the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service, New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Media, Theo Westenberger, United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Troyano has been a key leader at Creative Capital’s professional development services and developed its Spanish Language Program, Taller.

About Felix Endara
Born in Ecuador, Felix Endara is a transgender New York-based filmmaker, programmer, and arts administrator whose films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. His films document the preservation of LGBT historical spaces, highlight the work of activists who challenge prejudice and discrimination, and act as disruptive forces of the insidious narratives that deny the humanity of marginalized communities. In addition, his work as an independent programmer and arts administrator draws on his values to champion art that functions as a catalyst for social change. He was a fellow at IFP’s Documentary Finishing Lab as a producer for WILDNESS (2012, Dir: Wu Tsang), which premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight series in February 2012, was an official selection at SXSW, and screened at the Whitney Biennial later that year. He has worked with renowned organizations who support artists, including P.O.V., Cinereach, Detroit Narrative Agency, Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca All Access, New Orleans Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York Asian American International Film Festival, North Star Fund, and the Open Society Foundations. In 2017, he was a participant in the New York Foundation for the Arts’ “Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp for Artists of Color,” guest presenter in UnionDocs’ “Making Queer Documentary” intensive workshop, and became a member of the Board of Working Films. He’s currently writing a script for a trans romantic comedy about gentrification, coming soon to a Cineplex near you.