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Elevating Accessible Art Goal Of New Public Art Reston​ Director

Patch logo Patch 5/7/2021 Michael O'Connell
a close up of a woman: Trinity Villanuev​a joined Public Art Reston​ as its new executive director on April 26. © Public Art Reston Trinity Villanuev​a joined Public Art Reston​ as its new executive director on April 26.

RESTON, VA — Trinity Villanueva has only been on the job as Public Art Reston's new executive director since April 26, but she already has a vision of how to uplift and connect the community with art.

“Now is the perfect time to commit to elevating accessible art,” Villaneuva said, in a release. “The pandemic has spotlighted that the need for the arts goes beyond the supplementary. The constraints of these times have further shown that you do not need to go into a building to engage in art. Your direct involvement is what makes art transformative, and this next chapter for Public Art Reston will set that tone.”

Before coming to Public Art Reston, Villanueva founded and led the Arts Integration + Culture Department at the Carlos Rosario International Charter School in Washington, D.C. During her 10-plus years at the first adult charter school in the country, she worked with more than 30 partnerships across the metro region with a focus on compassion.


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Villanueva's other arts-related endeavors include co-founding Mixt Collective, which provides support for marginalized artists. She has also served on the boards of directors of Art Education D.C. and the National Art Education Association. Villanueva graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Trinity College Dublin, UPenn/National Arts Strategies, and NAEA’s School for Art Leaders.

Maggie Parker, Public Art Reston board chair, praised Villanueva for her innovate and inclusive arts experience.

“Trinity’s zest for living and her unlimited view of what public art can do for a community is beyond compare," she said, in a release. "She has already injected joy and enthusiasm into Reston and will be a wonderful collaborator and thought leader in the community.”

Villanueva is exited to tackle her new role at Public Art Reston, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by Reston civic and community organizations to inspire the public's imagination through art.

“As I continue to learn more about Robert E. Simon, it is thrilling to know there is a community as unique as Reston that has a founder and principles that regard the arts as necessities and something that should be fostered," she said.

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