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Jess V. Castillo

Los Angeles, CA

I am a shapeshifter, creative projects manager and independent publisher building un otro modo de ser. (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)

I have over seven years of experience in amplifying arts and culture through high-caliber programs, projects, and community engagements. She spearheaded the first and second annual Open Arts & Music Festival; developed, designed, and produced community programs for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation - Los Angeles; is the lead producer for Las Fotos Project’s annual Viva La Muxer Festival and The Foto Awards Benefit; and has directed a variety of exhibitions, film screenings, programs, and creative campaigns. I am also the founder of ESTE, an independent and highly collaborative platform catalyzing liberatory experiences through publishing and public programs. At the core, I seek to foster welcoming, experimental, and critical engagements in the arts.

Recent clients include: Las Fotos Project, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), Across Our Kitchen Tables, Southern California Grantmakers/Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Los Angeles, and California LGBT Arts Alliance.