Candace Kita is a cultural worker committed to connecting people of color with creative opportunities. A hapa, fourth-generation Japanese American, Candace has called Chicago, Los Angeles, and now Portland home. Her eclectic background in arts and cultural change work spans visual art, writing, astrology, community organizing, and nonprofit arts administration.
Most recently, Candace co-founded Arts Workers for Equity, a grassroots collective that advocates for racial equity in Portland’s arts sector; worked in development, marketing, and program management for numerous arts organizations including the Portland Art Museum and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre; served as Visual Art Curator for Asian American art and community space Tuesday Night Project. She has participated in multiple initiatives to empower arts professionals of color including the Western States Arts Federation’s Emerging Leaders of Color Fellowship and the Getty Multicultural Internship Program. Candace received her BA in Studio Art from Scripps College and was recently featured as one of Scripps College Magazine’s “30 Alumnae Under 30.”
In her spare time, Candace is building a justice-centered astrology consultation practice. She loves apples, ecstatic dance, and her Aquarius moon.