Malik Robinson

Malik Robinson is the executive director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD), a not-for-profit cultural arts institution based in Denver, CO. As an internationally recognized arts organization, CPRD has served as a leader in preserving the rich heritage of legendary American modern dance choreographers.

The organization is also distinguished for its arts-in-education and arts advocacy work. In his role, Robinson directs a small administrative staff that coordinates multiple facets of the organization with an operational budget of $1million.

During his tenure with CPRD, Robinson was intricately involved in coordinating the Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference hosted by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in 1999, 2009 and 2016. He was responsible for securing award-winning international tours to Israel, Italy, and Egypt for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE). As the booking manager for CPRDE, Robinson successfully secured funding from national foundations for new work creation and tour support. He also booked and managed national tours to an average of 15 cities annually.

As the primary funds developer for CPRD, Robinson worked with community agencies to develop partnerships that helped sustain and grow the organization. He also worked in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority in the acquisition of $20 million grant award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant supported the redevelopment of a dilapidated housing that formerly surrounded the organization. As a result of his work, CPRD has evolved into a creative arts center and destination for dance in Denver.

Robinson’s dedication to education and the arts led to the creation of the after-school program Aye (Yoruba for “Life”), which he and his wife, Olga Gonzalez, developed to serve high-risk youth in northeast Denver. Through partnerships with the Aurora and Denver Youth Probation Departments, the project served an average of 125 teens per year.

In his consultant role, Robinson has served as a grant reviewer for national foundations that serve arts organizations and children. Robinson is a Leadership Denver graduate and 2015 Livingston Fellow. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, the First Lady of Denver’s Bringing Back the Arts, as well as the Ian James Wallace Foundation, and is an advisory member for the Africana Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community Advisory Panel at Denver Health Medical Center. Robinson earned his B.A. in African Studies from Regis University.

Robinson is the son of Tom and Cleo Robinson, and he is married to Olga Gonzalez with three daughters Citlalmina, Ximalma, and Xareni.

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