February 16, 2017 | Leveraging Economic Growth for Cultural Vitality and Preservation
Moy Eng is the Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust headquartered in San Francisco, California. She brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed the arts program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, investing in efforts that helped bring $800 million in new public sector funding for arts education to California schools. Moy also commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem and the state of arts education in California, and supported efforts to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space across the San Francisco Bay region.
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FAB) in New York City. Risa has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. In recent years, she has done extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development. She helped foster early growth of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative. In August she became a named consultant on a citywide cultural plan for New York City as part of her affiliation with Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York. As the ED of FAB, she is a proud member of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development's United for Small Business campaign. She has a Masters in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and is on the board of The Invisible Dog Art Center. She has lectured at various institutions including NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Bard College.
Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) was founded on the belief that the arts drive strong, vibrant, diverse communities. CAST secures space and works with community arts organizations to help develop and strengthen their financial and organizational capacity to purchase permanent facilities and navigate complex real estate issues. By collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, civic leaders, funders and artists, CAST celebrates, promotes, and preserves artistic and cultural traditions and innovations. Through CAST, San Francisco will remain a vibrant and thriving home for arts organizations that will foster creativity, community participation, economic development and neighborhood well-being.
FOURTH ARTS BLOCK (FABnyc) is a neighborhood nonprofit founded in 2001 by cultural and community groups to: (1) purchase 8 properties from NYC and secure them as permanently affordable spaces for non-profit arts and cultural organizations; (2) coordinate the resultant public-funding capital campaign for the renovation of these properties; and (3) advance the East 4th Street Cultural District, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. In so doing, FABnyc led the development and conversion of 100,000 square feet of cultural space, marketing, and promotion of the district.