Christa Cesario

Christa Cesario is an arts worker, Ph.D. anthropologist, and Program Director at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland. With a primary interest in the intersection of art and community, Christa is animated by the belief that culture and the arts are indispensable tools in building resilient communities and creating lasting change. She has a deep interest in the ways in which people make meaning in the world and a passion for translating their stories for others. Before MCAM, Christa served as Program Production and Outreach Coordinator for Future IDs at Alcatraz, a social practice project focused on social justice and second chances after incarceration. She was also a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Community Organizing Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where she engaged Bay Area residents and community-based organizations in co-designing and participating in YBCA exhibitions and public programs. Christa holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where her work centered on cultural production and social movements.