Mina Para Matlon is a researcher, arts administrator, attorney, writer, and educator. Prior to joining Dance/USA in August 2015, she worked for more than a decade to identify and address the particular needs and concerns of organizations and individuals operating in the creative industries and to support communities as they seek to strengthen their cultural assets. Mina began her post-law school career as a senior research associate for an Indigenous law and policy institute based in Colorado. She subsequently worked as an intellectual property attorney at top corporate law firms in New York before returning to the nonprofit sector. Her nonprofit experience includes work at major educational institutions, a media organization, an arts advocacy group, and a tribal museum and cultural center. She has been appointed to the boards and advisory committees of nonprofit arts organizations based in New York, Illinois, and Oregon and has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves on the advisory board of Pepatian, a South Bronx-based multidisciplinary arts organization, and the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management. She is also a member of the Performing Our Future Forum, a national arts-based initiative on community and economic development spearheaded by Appalshop, Imagining America, and Lafayette College's Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project.
Mina has practiced in the fields of dance, theater, and photography and holds an AB in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the co-founder of Plural, a collective dedicated to advancing equity in the arts through support of Canadian and U.S. ethnocultural and community grounded arts organizations, artists, and arts administrators. As part of her work with Plural, Mina was the principal co-investigator and lead author of Figuring the Plural, a landmark study examining the characteristics, needs, and support structures of Canadian and U.S. ethnocultural arts organizations. Her other written work has appeared in legal journals, academic periodicals, arts magazines, and blogs.
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