Programs Community Advisory Committee

We are working with a terrific group of community advisors to develop our public programs for youth and adults. Learn more about them below.

Tony Arreaza

Tony Arreaza boasts an impressive career as a musician, music promoter, and event organizer. Originally from Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, he has lived in Charlotte since 1993 and was a pioneer in Charlotte’s Latin music movement. Tony's passion for music extends beyond the stage. As the Cultural Events Director for Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition from 2005-2015, he was responsible for growing the nonprofit’s cultural events into a vibrant, revenue- generating, industry-leading program. He is also the founder of Carlotan Talents, a production company that has been organizing Latin music events in Charlotte and the Southeast for over 10 years – from corporate events and college functions to massive 20,000+ person festivals. 

Keith Cradle

Dr. Keith Cradle is the Director of Youth/Juvenile Programs for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. He currently serves on the Mint Museum Contemporary Art Board, Charlotte Trail of History ( and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Additionally, Dr. Cradle is the Founder of the outdoor mentoring program "Camping With Cradle" and hosts his own local art focused podcast "Crafted With Cradle."

Tiffany Fant

Tiffany Fant is a cultural and climate justice leader who wears the banner of being a native Charlottean proudly. She has always served her community as a volunteer by assisting various initiatives that were designed to better neighborhoods. Tiffany is a visionary architect behind the Ubuntu Community Development Project, and most of her local work is hyper-focused in the Historic West End Corridor and the west side of Charlotte. She also has a regional and national footprint in climate and environmental justice through the Charlotte-based non-profit Sol Nation.

Liz Fitzgerald

Liz Fitzgerald fosters social justice through participation in creative and inclusive communities. As the Director for Community and Artist Support at the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, Liz navigates creative individuals and non-profit arts organizations through grant opportunities, professional development and capacity building initiatives. In addition to a career in non-profit and higher education fields, Liz has served in multiple board leadership capacities with performing arts, LGBTQIA, and women’s advocacy organizations. She performs with One Voice Chorus of Charlotte, a community-based LGBTQIA and ally choral ensemble.

Angelique Gaines

Angelique Gaines is a Research Associate at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. In this role, she conducts various research and evaluation projects in the Charlotte region. Her work at the Institute has focused on social well-being, economic opportunity, education, civic engagement, and housing.

Hannah Hasan

Hannah Hasan is the recipient of the 2021 Hermitage Fellowship and an award-winning, highly acclaimed spoken word poet and storyteller who believes that our stories can set us free. With themes that center home, social justice, racial justice, women’s rights, and more. Hannah is often commissioned to write and perform customized powerful poetry and provide speeches and workshops for events, conferences, and meetings. In addition to her work as a performance artist, Hannah is a skilled event hostess and facilitator. Hannah graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Full Sail University with a Master of Fine Arts and she lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Jamaal.

Mark Sanders

Dr. Mark Sanders is a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Philosophy Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is interested in community engagement and public philosophy and tries to incorporate these interests into his teaching and research. He has had the great fortune of working with many outstanding community partners in Charlotte including a long and rich relationship with the Levine Museum of the New South.

Daniel Valdez

Daniel Valdez is an active community activist and strategist. He has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, and is passionate about helping advance the mission of organizations and communities working on systemic changes to bring greater prosperity and opportunity for everyone. Daniel holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He was born in Acapulco, Mexico and has called the Charlotte region home for over 25 years. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new cities.