Gena Mimozo, Deputy Director and Grants Administrator, Staten Island Arts
Gena Mimozo is an arts advocate, warrior for cultural equity, and community organizer. Gena is also a filmmaker, production manager, theater artist, producer, and presenter. Gena’s talents have been recognized by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, which selected them for participation in the 2019 cohort of participants in its #createNYC Leadership Training and by NYSCA as part of a team assisting with coordination of the annual DEC Conference. They were featured as the Staten Island representative for a 2012 New York Times article about artists from emerging artist neighborhoods in NYC and was nominated as a write-in candidate for Congress in 2014.
A long-time resident of Staten Island, Gena has an enduring commitment to community engagement through the arts. As the former production manager for Snug Harbor Cultural Center's Performing Arts department, they helped produce more than 500 productions over three years while also managing Snug’s two theatres, including The Music Hall, which is the second oldest Music Hall on the East Coast (after Carnegie Hall). This position allowed them to work extensively with many local cultural and community groups. During their time at Snug Harbor, they also founded of The Snug Underground Theatre Festival, which featured off-off-Broadway productions, original work, and showcased local musicians.
They are a founding member of SIcoLab (Staten Island Collaboration), a collective set up to help artists network, brainstorm and collaborate. SIcoLab worked in coordination with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to produce Van Duzer Days, an outdoor music and arts festival that was part of the DOT Weekend Walks program from 2009-2013. From 2013-2015, they sat as the Entertainment Chair for the organizing committee of Pride Center of Staten Island’s Pridefest, an annual LGBTQ Pride celebration. They currently sit on the organizing committee for the Staten Island branch of the NYC Democratic Socialists.
Gena started work with Staten Island Arts in 2010 as the organization’s Arts Education Program Officer, eventually moving to Grants Administration in 2012. In 2017, they were promoted to Deputy Director of the organization. Under their management, the Staten Island Arts Regrant program has grown to distribute more than $260,000 in funding for artists – the largest in the organization’s history. Through the arts council, they participate in many citywide community engagement opportunities such as the Art Advisory Committee for NYC Department of Transportation and the Percent for Art Committee for NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Gena is an artist who has worked in the entertainment industry in multiple capacities (director, assistant director, stage manager, production coordinator, production assistant) and for many types of projects (theatre, concerts, festivals, television, commercials, film) throughout New York City.
They have recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for their poem “The Stonewall,” which will be published in the upcoming anthology Liberate The Verse from JMF Chapbooks.
Gena holds a B.A. in Design, Technology, and Management (DTM) from Wagner College where their concentration was Stage Management. They also hold a certification in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy.