“Mentorship is the strongest form of passing it forward.” – Edwin Pagán
IMAGES MATTER. That has been the maxim at the forefront of Edwin Pagán’s lifework. Whether through the photographic image, the written word, or moving pictures, the core of the work he has undertaken during more than three decades has all served to chronicle, preserve, and re-claim the history of marginalized communities and sectors of society utilizing the arts as the tool of choice. The culmination of this vast experience serves
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Having written articles, reviews, essays, profile pieces, and other anecdotal musings since the early 1990s, Pagán has managed to fine-tune a distinct approach that many have called ‘cinematic’ for his clear and descriptive narratives.
Cultural activism is a mash up of artistic expression and activism grounded in the need for social justice and political change. These performances and direct actions focus on creating social change by working outside of structured organizing.
Pagán has spent most of his adult life working as a technical assitance provider to the arts community in New York City, providing mentorship and instruction to both arts organizations and individual artists. His association with many of the premiere arts intitutions in the region, as either staff, advisor, or as a member of their board of directors, has made him a much sought-after consultant whose influnce has provided clear pathways for their signature initiatves and programming to expand and flourish. These include: Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Association of Hispanic Arts (now defunct), Black Filmmaker Foundation (DV Republic), Tribeca All Access Connects (Tribeca Film Institute), and the Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors (HOLA), among others.