gina valona

Creative Consultant and arts educator

Gina valona

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ABOUT

Gina Valona is a leader with over 15 years of experience in directing operations and events for high-profile productions, exhibits, and educational programs. Experienced manager with a Master's degree in Public Practice, a certification in grant writing, and adept at training individuals and teams to achieve goals and objectives. Superior interpersonal abilities to build and maintain productive relationships at all levels of the organization. Creative and collaborative with proven expertise in production, marketing, and community relations. Engaging speaker and presenter. Technical proficiency with Mac and PC in MS Office, Adobe CS: Lightroom/Photoshop, PowerPoint/Key Note, Moodle and Google Suite.

 

Experience

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, FACULTY & CREATIVE ACTION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

January 2015 - Present

Program Administrator, www.otis.edu/creative-action-integrated-learning 
- Collaborate and strategize with executive team and departmental staff in the developmentand management of the program, records management and archives, exhibition spaces,budgets and marketing opportunities 
- Create, administer and analyze qualitative and quantitative faculty and partner evaluations 
- Design and implement wireframes for digital platforms 
- Grant development and fundraising 
- Organize and produce large scale community events

Faculty, https://www.otis.edu/creative-action-integrated-learning/painted-brains-creative-minds

- Instructor of human centered design, socially engaged art practices, & branding courses
- Lead project management for cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships
- Art direction for implementing final projects and/or socially-engaged art events
- Identify, coordinate and employ special guest lecturers, class mentors and teaching assistants
- Develop and maintain governmental, organizational and community partnerships. Partners include:

LA City Attorney’s Office: Community Justice Initiative
Santa Monica Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Peace Over Violence

  • Gender Justice LA
    Little Ethiopia Cultural & Resource Center
    Spirit Awakening
    Brainworks Gallery
    The Painted Brain

freewaves.org

January 2018 - Present

Producer and Project Manager, http://freewaves.org

- Producer for large-scale public art events engaging diverse partners and communities
- Design program content, event logistics, operations, and manage all aspects event 
- Manage contracts and communications with artists, partners and vendors

LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

January 2015 - Present

Instructor, https://lacphoto.org

- Digital photography production: staging, lighting, editing, distribution and archiving
- Production development: concept mapping, story/vision boards, and assembly of production teams
- Train assistants
Courses include:
• Basics of Photography
• Visions and Voices: social Issues expressed through the individual lens
• The Special Project: personal project and portfolio development
• Fashion Fun for Teens: concept development, mood boarding, photo-shoot production, includes all aspects of on-location/in-studio photography training.

MKE/LAX, Brooklyn Software Engineer

January 2015 - Present

Creative Strategist, http://mke-lax.org

In collaboration with the LA COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION
Creative Consultant/Community Engagement in collaboration with Sara Daleiden of MKE/LAX
- Co-development and coordination of public art installations and community events
- Oversight of contract negotiations with vendors
- Event management and public relations requirements.
• Wood Crest Library Program
• East Rancho Dominguez Community Center and Park Program

Experience

 

FUN FACTS

4 dogs
2 children
1 cat
Spirit Animal: Hummingbird
Dream trip: Galápagos Islands
Favorite Ice Cream: Coconut ANYTHING!
Legacy Goal: to leave this planet having made

a positive impact