Master of Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University
BA in Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Tara Aesquivel is an advocate for the arts, education, and sustainable practices. She is a classically trained musician, studying oboe and voice while earning a BA in Music from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Convinced that she could have a broader impact offstage, Tara earned a Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. During graduate school Tara was selected to study Cultural Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy, and conducted a thesis project for Americans for the Arts that studied the challenges of providing arts education in public schools.
Tara’s professional experience includes work in project management, program evaluation, fund raising, and marketing. She regularly writes and presents about arts management and professional development for organizations such as Arts for LA, Tafter Journal, Northern Arizona University, and Americans for the Arts. Tara has completed projects for the Center for Arts Management Technology and Pittsburgh Opera, and has held full-time positions with LA Opera and A Noise Within.
Tara is currently an Adjunct Instructor—teaching a course in grant writing— for the M.A. in Urban Sustainability program at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also Executive Chair of the Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles professional development network and serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Board for Inner-City Arts. Tara enjoys traveling to new places, being a cultural consumer, and tending to her vegetable garden.