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Casandra Hernandez is Curator of CALA Initiatives at ASU Art Museum in partnership with CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas). In her position, she creates programming and international partnerships focused on Latino/a and Latin American contemporary art and culture. Casandra is a bicultural arts and culture professional with expertise in arts presenting, curation, program design, education and non-profit management. She recently worked as Artist Programs Coordinator at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where she managed artist grants and created AZ ArtWorker, a statewide program that facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing between Arizona artists, national and international artists, and residents of Arizona communities. A native of Hermosillo, Sonora, Casandra’s interests and work also focus on the binational cultural histories and contemporary artistic practices of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. From 2009-2014, Casandra worked at ASU Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, where she curated public programs that explored cultural histories, ecologies and artistic traditions in the Sonoran Desert region. A passionate advocate for Latino and indigenous arts and culture, Casandra is a recipient of the 2014 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award, and a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures’ Leadership Institute.
(2014) NALAC Leadership Institute. National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
(2009) M.A. Anthropology and Museum Studies. Arizona State University.
(2006) B.A. Anthropology, minors in Art History and French. Arizona State University.