Director of Artist Programs
Solana Chehtman is a curator and cultural producer based in New York, originally from Argentina. Her work expands across performing and visual arts, and is driven by values of cultural self-determination, civic agency, and intersectional justice. As the Foundation's Director of Artist Programs, Chehtman will create and execute a programmatic vision centering artists as creative leaders and change agents, as well as oversee and further develop the existing programs with national impact.
Before joining the Foundation, Solana was the inaugural Director of Creative Practice and Social Impact at The Shed where, since the organization’s opening, she led commissioning and artist-nourishing programs for early career NYC-based artists, public engagement initiatives, disability integration efforts, as well as contextualization and interpretation programming series. Previously, Solana was vice president of public engagement at Friends of the High Line, where for five years and throughout different roles she devised and implemented authentic strategies to creatively engage with neighbors and New Yorkers through experimental and participatory artist-led experiences. Since her arrival in New York City in 2012, Solana has collaborated with a range of cultural institutions, including Creative Time, the New Museum, the Queens Museum, and the Tribeca Film Institute. She received a BA in international studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), completed an MA joint program in public policy from Georgetown University and Universidad de San Martin, and holds an EdM in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.