ALAF Associates


The following Associates of the Foundation form an advisory circle of international producers, presenters and intellectuals with a commitment to deepening artistic exchange between Australia and Latin America 


Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director of cutting edge performance venue PS122 in New York City lived and studied in Argentina and has presented numerous Latin America artists and events in Europe and the United States. Amongst other connections, his organisation is an associate member of La Red de Productores y Promotores Independientes.


Fernando Gonzalez, Director of Programs for Fundación Autor/America and Coordinator of Jazz Programs for Fundación Autor. He is also the Project Manager of the SGAE/Berklee College of Music project being developed jointly in Valencia, Spain. Currently on sabbatical as Associate Publisher of JAZZIZ, a music monthly magazine which he joined as Managing Editor in 2003, became Executive Editor 2006-07. Previously he has been variously popular music and jazz writer for The Washington Post, Down Beat, The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe.


James Levy, US-born Visiting Fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of New South Wales, has been a distinguished university teacher and mentor in this field for many decades.  His research interests lie in Latin American political and economic history with special focus on Argentina and Ecuador. 


Justin Macdonnell, Executive Directorof the Anzarts Institute based in Sydney has worked in the arts extensively throughout Australia for forty years and in Latin America since 1988 He has devised and managed scores of cultural projects there involving Australian and Latin American artists and institutions. Most recently he was Artistic Director of the Miami Performing Arts Center in the USA.


Frank Madrid, is a Venezuelan-born arts manager with over a decade of experience who has worked closely with several international and Australian organisations in areas of audience development, arts and education, multicultural marketing, networking and strategic planning.  He has delivered artistic content to major festivals in Australia and overseas with direct responsibility for the selecting of artistic content and devising effective communications strategies and marketing campaigns.     


Deborah Staiff, Director of ├Źndigo Producciones -Arte & Gesti├│n based in Buenos Aires, is an independent producer, consultant in operational strategy and co-operation. Indigo is an agency for artists specialising in small-to-medium sized productions. Deborah is also a consultant on cultural management and strategy for the Foundation Creer y Crecer.


Cristina King Miranda,  is a Fulbright García Robles scholar who has lived and worked in Mexico since 1998 and is currently the Director of Development and Public Relations for the Festival de México en el Centro Histórico in Mexico City. A native of Washington, D.C., of Puerto Rican and Scotch Irish parents, Cristina has lived and worked in the US, Spain and Mexico for the past 12 years. She has served as development director and director of international alliances for the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture, and the Mexico, Gateway to the Americas Performing Arts Market. Until December 2006, she was the co artistic director of performing arts for the Universal Forum of Cultures, the second edition of the Barcelona Forum held in Monterrey, Mexico in the fall of 2007. She a board member of the MIRANDA Foundation in Puerto Rico and of the Tambuco and Onix musical ensembles in Mexico, the North American World Music Coalition, the RES ARTIS International Network of Artist Residency Centres, and Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya, an indigenous womens' theater collective in Chiapas.


Magdalena Moreno

Chilean born Melbourne creative producer, Magdalena Moreno is CEO of Kultour, the national network of multicultural arts organisations. She has been with South Project since 2004 (inaugural Director since 2008). After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997, Magdalena undertook an ethics research fellowship in Paris as the 1999 recipient of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship. She has presented at several local and international symposia on themes relating to networks, cross-cultural arts projects & partnerships, and public art in Latin America and the south. She is a 2008 Fellow of Asialink's Leaders Program. Her current appointments include: Public Art Advisory Panel for the City of Melbourne, Advisory Committee for RMIT School of Art, Steering Committee for the International Network of Foundations and Cultural Networks for Transnational Cooperation, and most recently Board Member of the Arts Industry Council (Victoria).



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