Olga Garay-English has been an independent arts consultant since 2015 working in California, nationally and internationally. She has been senior advisor to City of Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge; creative strategist to UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance; consultant to the Emerson College Office of the Arts; senior international advisor to Chile’s Fundación Santiago a Mil; director of the CalArts Latin American/Caribbean/Latino Initiative; project manager for the Ford Foundation’s U.S. Latinx Arts Future Symposium; and senior advisor to France Los Angeles Foundation (FLAX). In 2016, she was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Ford Theatres in the Hollywood Hills.
From 2007 to 2014, Olga was executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. As founding Program Director for the Arts for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (1998-2005), Olga awarded $145 million to arts organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
The Western Arts Alliance named Ms. Garay-English one of 2013's Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts (USA) and one of the top five Local Arts Agency Leaders. The LA Weekly Theater Award for Special Achievement, the Queen of the Angels, was granted to Ms. Garay-English in 2013 for her contributions to LA’s theater sector and as co-founder of RADAR LA Festival of International Theater. Ms. Garay-English was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2012 as recognition of her “significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields”. In 2011, Los Angeles Magazine named Ms. Garay-English one of ten “Game Changers”, women who make an impact in LA every day. In 2006, she was awarded a “Bessie”, the New York Dance and Performance Awards, for sustained contribution to the field as well as named the Cuban Artists Fund Annual Distinguished Honoree. In 2003, Olga was awarded the prestigious Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and she received the Crystal Stairs Award from The Association of American Cultures in 1991.
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