Anne Huang

Dr. Anne Huang is a highly regarded cultural arts leader in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She is currently the development director of World Arts West, producers of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Founded in 1978 as the first city-sponsored multicultural dance festival in the United States, the Festival has grown to be one the largest dance festivals in the country and the leading presenter in world dance. World Arts West supports 450 dance companies based in Northern California, engaging more than 20,000 artists that sustain over 100 dance forms from around the world.

A leading consultant in culturally specific capacity building, Huang specializes in developing arts administration methodologies to support cultural artists, particularly those from immigrant communities. Driven by her passion for social justice and her immigrant family’s journey to escape political persecution, Huang has focused on empowering culturally specific arts organizations with tools for leadership development, strategic fundraising, media engagement, and arts advocacy. She has worked with CubaCaribe, LIKHA, Chinese Culture Center, Dimensions Dance Theater, Brasarte, Bisemi, and many others. Huang’s recent projects include New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training, and Bisemi Foundation’s Cultural Arts Incubator Program.

Supporting the cultural arts is Huang’s second career. Inspired by her involvement as a singer and dancer with groups such as Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Obakoso, she left her successful career in dentistry to fulfill her lifelong dream to advocate for cultural arts. Huang is the former executive director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she transformed OACC from a struggling arts organization into a leading cultural institutions serving 50,000 people per year. Under Huang’s leadership, OACC developed into a thriving arts organization that was deeply rooted in the local community and presented diverse and high caliber artists, including large-scale innovative partnerships, such as 100 Families: Art and Social Change.

As a long-time leader in the cultural arts community, Huang has been the co-chair for City of Oakland’s Mayoral Arts Task Force, guest faculty for National Dance Project’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, and mentor for Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training. Anne has served on many funding and cultural panels, such as California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Past panels include “Traditions at the Crossroads” (National Dance Week) and “Cultural Identity in the West” (Western States Arts Federation). 

Huang has performed extensively as a Cuban folkloric dancer and singer. Past highlights include the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, CubaCaribe Festival, San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival, and the Black Choreographers Festival. She is a former member of the renowned Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, which has defined diversity in profound ways by using black gospel music to unify disparate communities.

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