Community Column

Q&A with Nicolassa Galvez of Long Beach Gives

Photo credit: Ellie Perez.

Photo credit: Bennet Perez.

Photo credit: Bennet Perez.

Photo credit: Bennet Perez.

Photo credit: Bennet Perez.

Nicolassa Galvez

Nicolassa “Niko” Galvez is currently Campaign Director at Long Beach Gives. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for thirteen years at organizations including the YMCA, Mental Health America, Jovenes, and Su Casa. In 2012, she led the opening of ArtExchange, a community arts center in downtown Long Beach that hosted several group shows, community events, and artist studios. After four years, she left ArtExchange to become an independent curator. Galvez has a masters from CSULB in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education with a research focus on the prison industrial complex and how community art is our most promising tool for re-imagining and making change in our world. Nicolassa is a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts Council for Long Beach and has recently been appointed as the co-chair for the Community Arts Projects Committee.