Director, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York and Director, Arts & DemocracyNew York, USA
Caron Atlas is director of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up. She also directs Arts & Democracy, which cross-fertilizes arts and culture, civic participation, and community change. Caron teaches at Pratt Institute and Hunter College and serves on the district and steering committees for participatory budgeting in NYC. Previously she worked at Appalshop, a community cultural center in the coalfields of Appalachia and directed the American Festival Project, a national coalition of activist artists. Caron has consulted with Animating Democracy, Pratt Center for Community Development, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Urban Institute, New York State Council for the Arts, and several foundations. After Hurricane Sandy, she created a wellness center at the Park Slope Armory evacuation shelter with over 100 volunteers. Caron contributed to Towards a 21st Century City for All and a Cultural Blueprint for NYC and co-edited Bridge Conversations. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow and is a Coro Leadership NY alumnus. She received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago.