Reuben is a nationally respected arts administrator with over 15 years in progressive program development, management, artist-centric support systems and grantmaking experience. He is currently Director of National Artists Fellowships at Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, serving Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, organizations, and programs across the US. Previously, Reuben was Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area, one the nation’s largest arts and culture funders, making grants which embraced a wide range of artistic disciplines, aesthetics, and cultural traditions. Formerly, Reuben served as Grants Program Director at the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Reuben is a board member at MAP Fund, supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. He was previously a board member for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), The Association of American Cultures (TAAC), Right Brain Initiative at Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland), Access Tucson (public television), and was a founding Board member of the Tucson Musicians and Artists Health Alliance. He is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Stanford Impact Program for Arts Leaders, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) Leadership Training, and the first NALAC Arts Advocacy Institute in DC. Reuben has served on grants review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, MAP Fund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, NALAC Fund for the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Artist Trust, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, and San Francisco Arts Commission.
Reuben received his BFA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is a multi-media visual artist. He began his career in arts administration at the afterschool arts and business program, Old Pascua Youth Artists (OPYA), serving Yaqui youth in Tucson and as an artist educator in the public-school system. Reuben is of mixed Yaqui/Mayo/Chicanx ancestry. He was raised on the central coast in California and is currently living in Portland, Oregon.
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