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Sandra Bowie, Interim Executive Director 

Bowie is a non-profit executive with more than two decades of experience serving leading performing arts organizations, community-based non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Bowie’s career encompasses professorships at Howard University (tenured) and Yale University. She has previously served as VP of Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Executive Director at Ifetayo Cultural Academy; Associate Director at New York University; and Managing and Administrative Director at Tisch School of the Arts, among others. Bowie is an enthusiastic leader and advocate for social justice, equity and raising organizational profiles and resources to ensure state-of- the-art programs. Her work has encompassed serving under-resourced youth, young adults, families and communities. A strategic thinker, she has demonstrated expertise in organizational leadership and management, fundraising, equity, diversity and inclusion strategies, vision planning, arts education theory, programming and practice and performance. Bowie is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. She is Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Committee.

Malcolm Tariq, Programs & Communications Manager

Malcolm Tariq has nearly a decade of experience and training in arts and academic programs and nonprofit communications, most recently at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services and The Friends School of Atlanta. As a researcher, teacher, nonprofit communications strategist and programs administrator, Malcolm’s work is centered on community building and social change. As a graduate student and instructor, he facilitated initiatives for first-generation college students and graduate students of color. His creative and professional endeavors include a Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) fellowship with Imagining America. He has also participated in the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative and the Institute for Social Change at the University of Michigan, and the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) at Emory University. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and a nominee for the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and Extended Play (Gertrude Press, 2017). Malcolm was a 2016-2017 playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company. His plays have been developed by Working Title Playwrights and Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Malcolm is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan, where he was inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Natalie Desrosiers, Programs & Communications Assistant

Natalie Headshot croppedNatalie Desrosiers is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard College (Annadale-on-Hudson), where she received her B.A. in Written Arts with a background in political theory and Black radical thought. Previously, she worked as a library assistant at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Library and Archives, and as a 2015 summer intern at Cave Canem. Natalie is interested in publishing, librarianship, and the curatorial field.
Photo Credit: Lexi Parra 

Della Rivera Green, Workshops & Administrative Assistant

Della Rivera Green is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. She studied English at Reed College, graduating with a B.A. Della previously served as the Communications & Marketing intern at Cave Canem, and is so happy to continue her work through the workshops fellowship.