J. Andrea Porras

Sacramento, CA

Andrea Porras is a Queer, Two -Spirit ChicanIndia, Mother, Culture Bearer, Intersectional Artist/ practitioner, curator and producer with over 25 years of experience in performance, organizing, facilitation, grant making, grant reviewing, philanthropy, and mentoring. Porras resides in unceded Miwuk, Miwok, Maidu Nisenan, and Patwin Land (Sacramento, California.) They trained and received their degree from California State University Sacramento from the Theatre Dance and  Cultural Anthropology Departments. Porras was also represented CSUS recruiting hundreds of first generation students from Sacramento high schools, was a Peer Teaching Mentor in Ethnic, Theatre, Cultural Anthropology and Dance through the Education Opportunity Program. Porras has also studied, taught and performed as an Afro- Modern and Danza Mexika traditional dancer, predominantly creating in Northern California across through the Southwest, and later in Mexico, Africa and NY. They have recently joined the California Transportation Department, as an Associate Transportation planner on the the Native American Liaison Branch team in the Office of Race and Equity. They were also recently nominated and selected as a GIA Individual Artist Committee member. They recently transferred from their 5 year post as Grants Art Specialist for the California Arts Council, where they managed a portfolio totaling approximately $7 million in funding this past season alone.  They co-founded both Movimiento Molcajete (1997) Contemporary Indigenous Teatro & MA Series Arts (2018), a  501c3 non-profit which serve as an incubator platform for BIPOC artists — prioritizing women, Queers of color and Trans Familia.

 

 

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