Associate Vice President
Trinity Villanueva (she/her/hers) is a performing artist, visual artist, and educator, who is an advocate for liberation and justice through creative practices. She brings a lifetime of experience at the intersections of cultural inclusion and belonging.
Prior to joining ACG, Villanueva led the nonprofit Public Art Reston as Executive Director, shining light on community agency and equitable public art processes. The work involved strategic and public art master planning with stakeholders from government agencies, developers, foundations, and residents. Villanueva is a cofounder of mixt collective, a brave space for mixed-racial identifying artists, including transracial adoptees, in providing creative collaborations to dialog in navigating paucal communities. She has a wide range of experiences and has worked in JEDI (Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive) spaces, leadership coaching, marketing, sales, museums, Broadway.
“Art is the very fabric woven through our everyday lives. Culture is who we are at the core, it is our sense of belonging. If we are uncomfortable, then we must question that and use arts as a platform to be aware of ourselves and collective histories and set the tone for generations to come.”
After servicing the for-profit creative agencies sector, Villanueva pivoted to the mission-driven education sector and founded the Arts Integration and Culture Department at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, empowering low-income immigrants from over 128 countries and being a leading expert for Emerging Multilingual Learners (or ELLs) in arts education and adult basic education. She paved accessible opportunities and cultivated partnerships with Washington Performing Arts Society, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and various Smithsonian institutions. She was part of a team that expanded an additional campus, a performing arts hall, and curated museum exhibitions, facilitated community murals by and for the global majority, institutionalized trans and queer advocacy initiatives, developed an Artist in Residence program, and directed cultural festivals—alongside students, local artists, arts organizations, and embassies. Leading annual professional development sessions for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and The Phillips Collection, Villanueva heightened language justice and accessibility for historically vulnerable communities and ELLs.
Villanueva serves on the boards of National Art Education Association, Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council, and as an advisor for the Anti-Racist Art Teachers. She is the Past President of Art Education DC and is an active member of the Arts Administrators of Color Network. She continues to dismantle barriers for marginalized communities through numerous arts and culture conferences as a keynote speaker and presenter, including at George Mason University, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Virginia Tech, Women Leaders, and New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color. She is an active storyteller and performs as a Polynesian dancer, fire spinner, ukulelist, and vocalist.
Villanueva holds a bachelor of science degree in piano performance with an outside field in studio art and art history from Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music. Villanueva is fluent in Spanish with a working knowledge of the Hawai'ian language.
Villanueva's ACG client work includes:
The Broad Stage
Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California
Diamond Head Theatre
Greater Roxbury Arts and Culture Center
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
New York Botanical Garden
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Toronto Public Library
Vermont Studio Center
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