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Wilfredo Hernandez Wilfredo Hernandez

Artist, Cultural Producer + Consultant, Communitas Arts & Culture, LLC

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Narrative Change

Biography

Wilfredo (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, nonprofit consultant, and leader. He is the founder/CEO of Communitas Arts & Culture, LLC, (a national consulting/producing lab) and founder/executive producing director of the Drag Arts Oral History Project (a new social impact project documenting the artistry of drag performers in the U.S.). He most recently served as interim executive director and CultureTrust president at CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, where he drove organizational development, staff/board/policy overhaul, and capacity-building strategy in support of over 100-plus fiscally sponsored arts/culture projects in Philadelphia—ranging across the disciplinary spectrum with over $7 million in annual financial holding and management activities. 

He has worked with and consulted for several notable institutions over his 20-year career, including the Institute for Contemporary Art at UPenn, Disney Theatrical Productions, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He received his Master of Arts in Producing and Directing Theatre from NYU and is a graduate of Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab, PISAB’s Undoing Racism for Community Organizers, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office on LGBT Affairs’ LGBTQ Leadership Program. Hernandez was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in 2023 and was recently chosen as member of the inaugural cohort of queer leaders for the American-German Institute’s queer community-building exchange between the US and Germany at Johns Hopkins University. He recently completed a certificate in Education for Philanthropy Professionals from the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society.

FUTURE FOCUS 

Wilfredo is looking forward to having the opportunity to build upon and advance the work of the Drag Arts Oral History Project (DAOHP), a multimedia social impact project, where he serves as founder and executive producing director. The DAOHP’s mission is to document and highlight the lived experiences, views, needs, and histories of drag artists in the United States, with an emphasis on documenting the history and work of QTGNC BIPOC artists. His team has worked with the local drag and queer community in Philadelphia to document 17 full-length oral history interviews to date and continually move resources directly into the hands of artists who are typically producing work outside the spheres of institutionalized philanthropy and arts/culture sector support.

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