Americans for the Arts presents our Annual Leadership Awards as part of the 2020 virtual convening of the Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference. These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts.
Gina Rodríguez-Drix (she/hers) is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism where she manages ACT Public Art program, develops cultural policy, and facilitates creative placemaking projects. Most recently Gina managed the planning process for the Art in City Life Plan, the City’s first master plan for public art, and currently stewards the planning process for Creative Providence 2020, the City’s second cultural plan for the creative sector. Gina’s professional and creative practices are rooted in her fervent passion for social, environmental and reproductive justice and a commitment to her hometown. Her work in creative placemaking has centered artists in conversations around community safety (Illuminated Trinity, funded by Artplace America) and has integrated artists with gardeners and food-based organizations to support a strong, vibrant, inclusive and diverse local cultural economy and a more resilient local food system (Sowing Place, funded by Kresge FreshLo). Gina is also a multi-genre writer, practicing birth doula, and serves on the board of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, RI. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Brown University and raises her young family in Providence.
Stay tuned for more Leadership Award honoree highlights leading up to the virtual convening!