Felicia Baca is the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, acting as an advocate, ambassador, and relationship-builder to elevate artists, organizations, and public policy-while facilitating opportunities for all residents to engage in the arts. Her hope is to further the development of an arts ecosystem that centers equity and inclusion, and considers art and cultural engagement as essential for prosperity, belonging, and well-being.
Taylor Knuth is the Deputy Director of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Taylor has his Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre and Master’s degree in Arts Administration and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Culture and Society. Taylor has over a decade in experience working for nonprofits and the public sector and loves to relax at home with his husband, dogs, and cat!
Kelsey Ellis is the Budget & Operations Analyst for the Arts Council. Kelsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has over a decade of experience in working with nonprofits and arts organizations in Salt Lake. She loves spending time with her amazing family and enjoys having adventures with friends as well as quietly sitting at home with a good book.
Public Art Program Manager
Renato Olmedo-González is a proud queer immigrant from Guadalajara, México and the Arts Council’s current Public Art Program Manager. He began his professional career in the cultural field as an undergraduate student at the University of Utah, where he obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Latin American Studies. Outside of work, Renato enjoys spending time with his boyfriend, collecting art and music on vinyl, indulging reality tv shows, reading books by Spanish and Latin American authors, playing videogames, and bonding with Diego, his adopted Papillon mix dog.
Community Investment and Development Manager
Susan Campbell is the Community Investment and Development Manager for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Susan has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration. In her off time she loves to cook, play the flute, and relax with her husband, two children and their three cats.
Arts Program Coordinator
Dawn Borchardt is the Performing Arts Coordinator of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. She oversees programs such as the Living Traditions Festival, Mondays in the Park concert series, Twilight Concert Series, and Busker Fest. Dawn has an events and film festival background, with over a decade in the non-profit sector. Dawn is also a photographer and filmmaker, and host of filmmaker interview podcast Faux Reel. Her passion is in supporting artists who are making a positive impact and inspiring others.
Special Projects Coordinator
Shawnee Johnson fulfills the role of Special Projects Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Shawnee has a background in the performing arts, specifically Musical Theatre, and is currently earning her master’s degree in social work. Shawnee has a strong passion for social justice, accessibility in the arts, and anti-racism, and she loves to travel with her husband.
Brenda Alavez Public Art Program Coordinator
Brenda Alavez is the Public Art Program Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and a Master’s degree in Events & Experience Management along with a decade of production and management experience in the film and festival industry. She’s worked internationally from Los Angeles to London and enjoys concerts, karaoke, and horror films.