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Susan Caraballo, an independent arts consultant and curator, has worked with over 100 arts organizations and individual artists, primarily in South Florida, since 1996. Susan began her career working as staff for some of South Florida’s most important cultural organizations including the Intercultural Dance and Music Institute (INDAMI) at FIU, Miami-Dade College’s Cultural Affairs Department/ Cultura del Lobo Performing Arts Series and the Florida Dance Association.
In 1999, she founded Artemis, a service and presenting non-profit arts organization, whose mission was to support, develop and tour South Florida-based artists. Under the auspices of Artemis, Susan managed PS 742, an alternative performance space in the historic Little Havana neighborhood in Miami. PS 742, recognized as “Best Black Box” by the Miami New Times, played host to the likes of Portland-based musician/visual artist The Blow, Fluxus artist Allison Knowles, legendary Miami-based Spam All Stars, among many others. Through Artemis, Susan also consulted in the areas of grant writing, marketing and non-profit management for numerous arts organizations and individual artists such as Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Rhythm Foundation, SFCA’s interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop/ Subtropics Experimental Music & Sound Arts Festival and Octavio Campos/Camposition.
Susan resigned as Executive Director of Artemis in 2006 to accept the position of Arts Administrator for CIFO, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, where she led administrative and operational aspects of the foundation. Benefiting from her years of experience with some of South Florida’s most prestigious arts organizations and as the leader of a well-respected arts incubator, she resumed her arts consulting career full-time in 2007 with a concentration in the areas of development/fundraising and marketing/public relations.
Susan has served on a number of Boards of Directors, including Artemis (1999-2007), Tigertail Productions (2007-2008), 801 Projects (2005-2007), SFCA’s interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop (2000-2006) and the Children’s Cultural Coalition (2000-2001). She has also served as a panelist on several grant review panels including Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida Division Cultural Affairs, Ohio Arts Council and Miami Light Project’s Here & Now Festival.
As a curator, Susan’s primary interest lies in interdisciplinary performance-based work spanning from dance-theater to performance installations. She has presented work in multiple disciplines including dance, film, music, performance, theater and visual arts. Susan has been involved in hundreds of presentations ranging from durational performances in gallery spaces to 25-member dance productions in proscenium stage theaters.
Susan is currently pursuing a Masters in Arts Management at American University while continuing to consult with a small number of organizations in DC and South Florida including Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Bas Fisher Invitational, Dance/MetroDC, Florida Film Institute and FUNDarte. Also during her professional “hiatus” in academia, she worked with the NEA’s International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts hosted by American University. In addition, she resumed her interest in Cuban culture by serving as a Director-in-Residence for AU Abroad’s Havana Enclave program while researching contemporary Cuban art in Havana for part of 2010. Building on relationships created through OPEN SEASON havana, a participatory art project by artist Julie Kahn presented in part by Artemis during the 9th Havana Biennial in 2006, Susan continued to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary art in Havana through her research and writings.