Associate Vice President
Trinity Villanueva (she/her/hers or ella/siya/’o ia) is a performing artist, educator, and Belonging advocate. She brings a lifetime of experience on the intersections of cultural inclusion and leadership from a global perspective in arts and culture.
Prior to joining ACG, Villanueva led the nonprofit Public Art Reston as Executive Director, shining light on community inclusion and equitable public art processes. The work collectively involved stakeholders from government agencies, developers, foundations, residents, and public art committees, as well as strategic and growth planning. Villanueva also cofounded mixt collective, a virtual safe space for mixed-racial identifying artists, including transracial adoptees, in providing creative opportunities to elevate navigating paucal communities. She has also worked in marketing, education, museums, performing arts, and other areas of the nonprofit and government sectors.
“Art is not just visual or performative, it is the very fabric woven through our everyday lives. Culture is more than language and folklore, it is who we are at the core, it is our sense of belonging. How we set the tone in arts and culture today will be embodied in future generations, so let's make it count.”
Villanueva pivoted to education 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 became a leading expert for Emerging Multilingual Learners (or ELLs) in visual and performing arts education. Sustaining numerous partnerships, she paved accessible opportunities in collaboration with organizations such as Washington Performing Arts Society, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and the Smithsonian institutions. The work expanded as she curated museum exhibitions, facilitated community-led murals, institutionalized trans and queer storytelling initiatives, amplified an Artist in Residence program, and directed cultural festivals—combining forces with artists and embassies. Leading several professional development sessions for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and The Phillips Collection, Villanueva brought awareness to 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 is an active artist elevating her indigenous roots across disciplines and performs for the Hawai’ian Entertainment Company in the DC-Baltimore-area as a Polynesian dancer, fire spinner, ukulelist, and vocalist.
Villanueva holds a bachelor of science degree in piano performance with an outside field in art history from Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, a master of science degree in nonprofit leadership, through the National Arts Strategies arts and culture strategy executive program at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post-graduate degree in international perspectives of theatre and drama in education from the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She also holds a certification from the School for Art Leaders, through the National Art Education Association, from California State University and a certification for the Passion of Arts through Learning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Villanueva is fluent in Spanish with a working knowledge of Hawai'ian, Tahitian, and Māori languages.
Villanueva's professional and business clients include:
The Broad Stage
Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California
Greater Roxbury Arts and Culture Center
New York Botanical Garden
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Institute of Anti-Racist Education
Public Art Reston
National Art Education Association
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