Arts

Leslie Fieldz-Cruz

Leslie began her tenure at Black Public Media (BPM), formerly National Black Programming Consortium, in 2001 managing its program development fund. She was promoted to Director of Programming in 2005 and oversaw the initial production of BPM’s award-winning series AfroPoP: The Ultimately Cultural Exchange, now in its 11th season. Leslie was also the co-executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School. Leslie became BPM’s third Executive Director in 2014.

She works diligently to grow the organization’s partnerships and resources so that it may continue its work to bring dynamic stories about the Black experience to the public. Leslie currently serves on the membership boards of New York Women and Film (NYWIFT) and New Era Creative Space (NECS).

Location: New York City, NY

Industry: MediaArts, Television, Film, Stage

Dania W. Frink

Dania W. Frink is a multidisciplinary artist and communications strategist. 

Dania’s communications journey has touched several industries, including education, philanthropy, medical technology, industrial automation, recruiting and staffing. For more than 10 years, she has advised organizations on their corporate, crisis, internal/employee engagement, executive thought leadership, and corporate social responsibility communications strategies. Dania is particularly invigorated by work that falls at the intersection of creativity and social good. 

Dania's artistic journey began at birth but was formalized over the past 15 years through group and solo exhibitions, teaching, commissions, and other creative ventures. Her primary mission as an artist is to celebrate the resilience and beauty of the African Diaspora. Two of Dania’s biggest artistic milestones are closely linked to the BlackFemaleProject. In 2015, her first solo exhibition (W-2 Warriors) was the visual manifestation of her BlackFemaleProject storytelling experience. In 2017, another series of work (inspired by BlackFemaleProject) was featured in the first all-Black female art exhibition in Northeast Florida: KESHA: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race. To learn more about Dania's creative journey and art studio PEN + FRINK, Inc., visit www.penandfrink.com.

Dania earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts in Animation with a Studio Arts minor from Loyola Marymount University. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dania currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her loving husband Sharif.

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Industry: Multidisciplinary Artist & Communications Professional