Stanford U’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and its new director, A-lan Holt

Posted on: November 19, 2019

“In her new role as the Director of Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), A-lan Holt helps train undergraduates in how to use art as a tool for organizing and for bringing about social change,” writes Molly Sprayregen in Wednesday’s (11/13) “IDA is … focused exclusively on training diverse students in the arts and art leadership. [IDA’s] roots date back to 1969, when a group of students formed the Committee on Black Performing Arts…. It is Holt’s mission to ensure that the next generation of arts leaders is made up of a diverse group of voices.… IDA works with about 300 students per week, in addition to working with visiting artists and other community members… They do all of this with a staff of three…. Holt says she has noticed significant growth in Stanford’s artist community since she … was a student there from 2007-2011…. Holt hopes [to] encourage more young people to participate in the arts. ‘Especially low-income, first generation students,’ she says…. She plans to continue growing ways for IDA to support emerging artists, as well as ways it can support students after they graduate.”

Posted November 19, 2019

Photo of A-lan Holt by Harrison Truong