Lissette Garcia is a Miami/NY Art Advisor, Arts Professional, and Cultural Producer. Lissette is currently the 2017 National Urban Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. Previously, Lissette was Director of Special Projects at The Harpo Foundation, where she managed new initiatives for the Native American Residency Fellowship and Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship programs. Lissette's well-rounded experience in the arts includes being former Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (2008-2012), the first investment program tailored to the needs of emerging and mid-career artists which provides them with a long-term financial planning opportunity. As Regional Director, Lissette worked closely with APT New York, APT Los Angeles, and APT Mexico City trusts.She was instrumental in seeking out talented emerging and mid-career artists in the United States and Latin America.
As a Cultural Producer, Lissette coordinated the Bang! Music Festivals in 2005 & 2006. The day event was held over 12 hours with 5 stages and over 75 performing acts, including Daft Punk, Modest Mouse and Duran Duran. Overseeing the logistics, A&R and a hospitality staff of 12, Lissette was instrumental in running a seamless and professional event.
Lissette has over 15 years of non-profit and for-profit expertise in the arts. She has a strong professional background in artist and client management, program management, department administration, grant management and event management. Lissette has a B.A. in Art History from Florida International University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs.
Experience in civic engagement includes being a panelist for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Grants from 2007-2014. Lissette is a member of ArtTable and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. She is bilingual in English and Spanish with conversational knowledge of French and Italian.
Image courtesy of artist Matthew McGuinness