Program Fellow, Performing Arts Program
Sheena Johnson joins the Hewlett Foundation after ten years of working as a dance artist, producer, and arts administrator. In addition to having her own performance company, Rebel Home Dance, she most recently spent two years managing operations at Zaccho Dance Theatre. Her professional background is in nonprofit administration and development working with organizations such as CounterPULSE, Oakland Youth Chorus, and Center for Media Justice. Sheena holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College in political science and peace and conflict studies, and an M.F.A. from Mills College in dance emphasis choreography. Her commitment to the arts was first sparked during her undergraduate research in Northern Ireland with the Peace and Reconciliation Group and in South Africa with the Khulumani Support Group where she discovered the power of art to help divided societies move forward. As a Fellow with the Hewlett’s Foundation’s Performing Arts Program, Sheena is particularly interested in grantee capacity building initiatives and furthering sector-wide conversations on the role arts and culture can play in improving social outcomes for underserved communities.