Beatriz Vargas Gonzalez

Fellow

Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Beatriz holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s in public policy from George Mason University. Her research focused on the social impacts of art education and creative placemaking grants during her studies. She enjoyed studying art in Florence, Italy, inspired by her father’s studies. Before AMS, she had the opportunity to work in monitoring and evaluation with USAID and Mathematica Policy Research.  

What drew you to the arts? 

The first book I browsed as a child was a massive 11-volume universal art history encyclopedia in my parent’s library. I still remember its red velvet covers and gilt engravings and loving Volume 5 more than the others because Rembrandt was in it. Ever since I have been curious about different art forms, and I have explored expressing myself through contemporary dance.

What drew you to Arts Administration? 

The creative sector holds immense untapped potential in economic terms and in bringing solutions to some of the most pressing issues we face. Creatives have often been excluded from the policy landscape, but there has been a shift in recent years, and increasing attention is being directed towards the orange economy. This juncture in history presents us with a unique opportunity to ride the wave of this emerging focus, contribute to a vibrant cultural environment, and effect meaningful change.

What is your focus within Arts Administration? 

My focus in Arts Administration revolves around leveraging the arts for social transformation. I specialize in providing evidence-based insights on the connection between cultural initiatives and social impact. I excel in applying rigorous data analysis and a policy framework to projects. My passion is crafting compelling narratives through writing and data visualization rooted in statistical analysis.  

How do you incorporate EDIA into your work life? 

I am thrilled to work with AMS’s EDIA committee and to contribute to promoting a culture of inclusivity and diversity in the art world. If we reflect on who has sponsored the arts historically, we will find that only some elite families had the most significant impact. Our collective responsibility is to open doors in the art world for everyone and to reflect on our biases in the pursuit of equity.

What do you do in your spare time? 

I live in Washington, D.C., and love going on beautiful hikes just outside the city with my cavalier Rémy. I also like playing tennis and frequently attend concerts and soccer matches.

Arts, culture and entertainment is our business.

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