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Staff

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Deborah Fisher

Executive Director

Deborah Fisher is an artist and creative leader working to expand the roles artists play in civic life. She is the founding Executive Director of A Blade of Grass, a non-profit solely dedicated to nurturing socially engaged art. Fisher has served as an art, strategy, and philanthropy advisor to Shelley and Donald Rubin, and has worked in many capacities at the intersection of art and civic life in New York City, including as studio manager at Socrates Sculpture Park, and as an educator and curriculum developer for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Her approach to leadership work is deeply informed by her training as a sculptor, particularly her experience making public art.

Fisher is a proud board member of the Center for Artistic Activism, and writes and lectures internationally about arts funding and socially engaged art. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon; Temporary Art Review; and Americans for the Arts. She has presented at the Creative Time Summit, Open Engagement, Americans for The Arts, Hammer Museum, Otis College of Art and Design, Portland State University, Lancaster University, Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, and the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley.

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Vicki Capote

Development Manager

Vicki Capote is an NYC born interdisciplinary theater maker and storyteller who utilizes her skills to foster community and civic engagement. She graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Arts Management and Applied Performance and has continued to strive for racial and economic equity in the arts sector. She has presented internationally during Project for Public Spaces’ Placemaking Week in Amsterdam and is a proud alum of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship. She is happy to activate her storytelling and advocacy skills as ABOG’s Development Manager.

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Sabrina Chin

Programs & Administrative Associate

Sabrina is a multimedia artist whose practice incorporates an ethnographic and documentary approach. She has collaborated with homeowners in Baltimore, MD to create a video installation that addressed the city-wide issue of vacant properties, and has facilitated a cross-cultural writing and photography program for youth in Philadelphia and Gulu, Uganda that explored identity and personal struggle. In her professional and artistic career, her work strives to support the agency and dignity of people sharing their stories and experiences by advocating and preserving their form of personal expression.  Sabrina is excited to continue pursuing this goal as ABOG’s Program and Administrative Associate.

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Emma Colón

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Emma Colón

Editorial & Communications Manager

Emma Colón is an artist and arts educator whose recent work brought traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques to schools and communities in partnership with Minneapolis-based collective Living Proof and as Education Fellow at the nonprofit organization Highpoint Center for Printmaking. In New York, she has helped to coordinate programs for youth via Brooklyn Robot Foundry and Casa Experimental, focusing on outreach and accessibility. She holds a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing from Macalester College and is pleased to be putting it to use as Editorial & Communications Manager at ABOG!

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Karina Muranaga

Design & Experience Manager

Karina Muranaga is an artist and designer working to increase equity and advance social justice through cultural work. Her artistic practice focuses on tourism and immigration through the lenses of sculpture and service design. As Design & Experience Manager she leads the design of A Blade of Grass’ visual language, UX, and wide range of public events. She has a B.F.A. in Studio Art from New York University.

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Prerana Reddy. Photo: Manuel Molina Martagon

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Prerana Reddy

Director of Programs

Prerana Reddy is the Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass. Prior to joining ABOG, she was the Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art, where in addition to organizing their screenings, performances, discussions, and community-based collaborative programs and exhibits both on- and offsite, she developed an intensive arts and social justice program for immigrant youth as well as a community development initiative for Corona, Queens residents, many of whom are new immigrants with mixed status families and limited English language proficiency. She has also curated “Fatal Love”, an exhibition of South Asian American Contemporary Art, as well commissioned two editions of “Corona Plaza: Center of Everywhere,” Queens Museum’s socially-interactive public art projects.

She was a Douglass Redd Fellow awarded by the Ford Foundation to emerging leaders in the fields of culture and community development. Reddy also worked as documentary filmmaker and researcher whose work has explored such topics as alternatives to juvenile detention, the history of slavery in New York City, and the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai. She has a Masters degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology from New York University, and has extensive film programming experience, having worked for several years with the South Asian Film and Video Collective 3rd i NY, the NY Arab & South Asian Film Festival, and the New York African Film Festival. She is currently on the board of NOCD-NYArtBuiltRockaway Waterfront Alliance, and New Immigrant Community Empowerment.

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Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland

A Blade of Grass Films Executive Producers & Directors

Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland are RAVA Films, a husband and wife, producer/director team. They create independent documentaries and arts-related video content on assignment that aim to shine light on real people and experiences through distinct and powerful storytelling. They have directed and produced dozens of films for the Peabody award-winning organization Art21, as well as international organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, TATE, The Bronx Museum of the Arts & SKY Arts. RAVA’s projects have received numerous accolades and selection to prestigious festivals including a Webby nomination, and have screened at renowned venues such as BAM, Tate, the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), among others. Learn more at: ravafilms.com

RAVA Films are Executive Producers and Directors of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass’ short documentary series that explores the beauty, rigor, and impact of socially engaged art. Click here to watch the films.