Director | Arts & Democracy
Caron Atlas is director of Arts & Democracy, which cross-fertilizes arts and culture, civic participation, and community change. She also directs Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up. Caron teaches at Pratt Institute and Hunter College and serves on NYC’s participatory budgeting District and Citywide committees. Previously she worked at Appalshop, a community cultural center in the coalfields of Appalachia and directed the national American Festival Project. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow and is a Coro Leadership NY alumnus. She received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago.
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