Julia Youngblood has broad understanding of local, statewide and national arts, social change and arts activism communities. She has exceptional experiences with partnership development, curation for audience development and community building. Youngblood is skilled in leading complex conversations, working with teams and empowerment through a humanistic approach.
Julia grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and completed a bachelor's from Bennington College and a master's from the San Francisco Art Institute. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, she co-created and directed a women artist foundation based on principles of social justice, arts activism, diversity, equity and inclusion. Youngblood has worked as a community artist with The Portland Museum and directed ArtsReach, an award winning community arts program of Kentucky Performing Arts.
While directing ArtsReach, Youngblood successfully designed and curated the arts engagement program from a social change, community-building and healing perspective. In addition to contracting and partnering with artists she has facilitated art and writing workshops with diverse groups and community organizations.
Youngblood is an accomplished artist, writer and photographer. As a skilled documentarian, her photographs have advanced visibility for underrepresented communities through strong social media, e-news and web presence.
Julia is available to consult and facilitate conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion, cultural equity, cultivating an anti-racist organizational plan, community building, dynamic partnerships, curating culturally relevant programming and arts engagement in community spaces.