Sangam Arts: Bridging the cultural divide in Silicon Valley
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Usha Srinivasan discuss the following:
- Tell us about your background and how Sangam Arts first came to be?
- What is your overall mission with Sangam Arts?
- How are you bridging the cultural divide in Silicon Valley?
- How does Silicon Valley fare with the rest of the country in terms of bridging the cultural divide.
- What is your current initiative and describe Mosaic?
- Many create non-profits but do not succeed in terms of raising the type of grant money your team has raised. Can you provide tips to those that may be listening on how to go about getting this grant funding.
- Will your team be expanding this programming into other communities beyond the Silicon Valley?
- What can we expect next from Sangam Arts in the upcoming months?
Usha Srinivasan is a trained Bharatanatyam (Classical Indian) dancer and passionate about using the arts to strengthen community. She is a Kinght Foundation Creative Community Fellow (2016-17) and a member of Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) Cohort (2015-16) in San Jose. She has served on the Board of World Arts West, the producer of the famous San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, on City of Santa Clara’s Cultural Commission and on the board of Wildlife Rescue, Palo Alto.
In addition to managing Sangam Arts, Usha leads Impact Strategy for Women in STEM (WiSTEM) – an initiative of MKF that helps empower girls and women in STEM fields. She also runs a consulting practice providing product strategy and marketing services to high tech companies in Silicon Valley. She holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
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