Wearing a number of different hats; Tara Lopez is an individual working in the arts, committed to supporting young people, artists and work that moves us toward a more representative sector for all…
Whilst studying Dance at De Montfort University, working on research projects such as British Dance and the African Diaspora, and volunteering with dance arts organisation Serendipity in Leicester, Tara fell in love with the East Midlands. The strong sense of community arts, the warm hello’s as you walk down the street, and the variety of cultures combining to create vibrant cities… just some of the reasons she decided to stay and make her own mark on the region.
Upon graduation, after a short time experiencing the world of PR & marketing, Tara decided to bring her passion for the arts, love of working with people, and newly polished communication skills back to a professional role in the arts sector.
Her aim: to support organisations, artists, community groups and young people across the region to connect with new opportunities and achieve their ambitions.
Working with the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN) across a range of touring, artist development and education projects; she was able to support the organisation in realising new opportunities and reaching new audiences, and support artists to reach new heights with their practice.
Today, Tara dedicates the majority of her time to her role of Creative Producer with The Spark Arts for Children. An exciting opportunity to deliver a four-year programme striving to make performance for children and young people more representative of the world we live in today through a series of national artist development, commissioning, producing and advocacy opportunities.
Outside of this, she continues to support a number of artists and organisations to ensure they continue offering real, life changing opportunities to young people in and around the East Midlands and takes on any opportunity to enjoy her first love; dance. To date this has included supporting artists such as De-Napoli Clarke on his Arts Council England funded ‘The DANCIVAL’ in Leeds and Lewis Hunter and his award winning carnival arts troupe ‘Inspire Urself’ in Nottingham. Tara is also on the advisory board of Baby People; an organisation that uses art and culture to promote community development and support the needs of the most deprived in our communities.
For as long as she can remember, Tara has been passionate about all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion; more recently this has focused around representation and unconscious bias. She has spent a great deal of time researching and discussing these topics and continues to do so today both professionally and personally.
As an alumnus of the Extend Cultural Leadership Programme, she has become part of a wider conversation on the topic and is keen to take up any opportunity to further discuss and take action on a national and international scale.
Over the years Tara has been lucky to receive mentoring and support from leaders in the arts and culture sector such as; Jenny Williams, Executive Producer and Founder of Take the Space, Tony Reekie, Executive Director of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and International Programmer for children’s work, Pawlet Brookes, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Serendipity, and Hannah Fox, Project Director of Derby Silk Mill to name just a few. It’s thanks to people like this that she is able to continue pursuing her passion in the sector.
Interested in finding out more about Tara’s journey in to the arts? Check out one of her posts ‘What does it mean to realise you’re ‘other’? click here