Fernando Maneca

Communications Director, curator, and mentor in Brooklyn, New York

Fernando Maneca

Communications Director, curator, and mentor in Brooklyn, New York

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Fernando Maneca is a marketing & communications professional, arts administrator, curator, and mentor with over 20 years of experience working in the performing arts sector in New York City with a commitment to undoing racial, ethnic, and gender bias.

After a decade of freelance support as a teacher, graphics designer, and video archivist at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange, they hired Fernando as Marketing & Communications Director where he helped to shape and transform the organization from a local grass-roots studio/theater into a nationally recognized artist services organization serving arts and artists of all ages and stages.

Parallel to his work at BAX, Fernando has served on the Board of New Dance Alliance (NDA) for over two decades and became its chair a little over 10 years ago. During this time, he helped NDA grow from a studio space that ran a monthly salon series, into an organization offering residencies and workshops for early and mid-career artists, and producers of the Performance Mix Festival, an internationally recognized festival showcasing the work of artists from all over the globe.

His ongoing work with performing artists took a deeper dive during his role as an administrative mentor at Pentacle, Inc. There, Fernando delved into the administrative structures that help artists overcome significant obstacles and create opportunities for sustainable growth and professional development.

Prior to his work in arts management, Fernando was a hybrid-performance maker, choreographer, and designer. His performance work was presented at numerous performing arts venues throughout NYC including BAX, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Ontological Theatre, and the 92nd Street Y, among many others.

During this time, Fernando worked several "day-jobs", including working at Warm Thoughts Communications for close to 10 years, at first as a freelance graphics designer, and later as an Art Director.

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[photo by Malcolm-X Betts]

  • Education
    • Tisch School of the Arts
    • Rhode Island College