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Baraka Sele

Independent Arts Consultant

Independent Arts Consultant

Baraka Sele has over 30 years’ experience as a performing arts curator, consultant, and producer. She has held leadership positions as assistant vice president of programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as the first artistic director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and vice president of performing arts of The Houston International Festival. She has also served on local, national and international advisory committees, boards and panels for numerous organizations. She has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America, focusing on collaborations and presentations with artists of diverse cultures in order to facilitate intercultural exchange.

Her work or presentations have been featured in a wide range of publications, including American Theater magazine, Dance magazine, Essence magazine, Inside Arts magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post. National and international awards and recognition include the Association of Performing Arts Professionals' William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence given to an individual or organization for "the quality, innovation, and vision of program design, audience building and community involvement." At Rutgers University-Newark, Sele served as a Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellow for the Institute of Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and also taught a graduate course in Leadership and Diversity.

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