Roberto Bedoya

Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded the City’s Cultural Plan, “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan.” Throughout his career he has consistently supported artist-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging in the cultural sector. His essays “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging”; “Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City”; and “Poetics and Praxis of a City in Relation” have reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making.

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