Shoshana Zeldner joined the School of the Arts in early 2019 and is committed to developing arts programming at the University of Nevada, Reno that strengthens community and inspires creativity, participation and conversation.
Prior to joining the School of the Arts, Zeldner managed the Nevada Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Program. In this role, she developed and launched two new programs in response to the needs and interests of arts communities statewide. The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange is a yearlong program that celebrates rural-urban collaboration through the arts and the Community Impact Grant supports structural change in communities across Nevada through strategic planning, community engagement, collaboration and arts participation.
In fall 2018, she was elected to serve on the national Emerging Leaders Council with Americans for the Arts. In this role, she supports the nation’s leading arts advocacy organization to advance the arts and arts policy on a national platform and help cultivate the next generation of arts professionals. Zeldner supports strategic arts planning in communities across northern Nevada - as a board member of St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City and through participation in the steering committee that oversees cultural planning for the City of Sparks.
Zeldner is incredibly interested in how the arts can play a larger role in community building and social change. She received an M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandies University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management that explored this very concept. Her fieldwork and thesis focused on how evaluation and impact assessment can increase the efficacy of arts-based social change projects.
Zeldner comes to the University with more than 10 years of experience presenting public arts programs at public agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit museums and galleries. She worked with the Crocker Art Museum to implement participatory arts initiatives in Sacramento and developed a workshop series for artists focused on social practice art. In Davis, California, she designed and coordinated a public art program for teens with a community gallery. She spent five years focused on nonprofit fundraising which included grant writing, major gifts, and the management of a successful $1.5 million 25th anniversary campaign.
In her spare time, Zeldner loves to make her own art – which typically takes the form of sculpture. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors, practicing yoga, taking care of her beehives, and staying involved in her family's honey and gourmet food company.
- M.A., Conflict & Coexistence, Brandeis University, 2012
- B.A., Anthropology, Art minor, University of Oregon, 2005