Natalia ‘nati’ Linares is the Communications Manager at the New Economy Coalition. Her decade of work as an artist advocate, publicist, and cultural organizer inspired a deep-seeded passion for economic justice and democracy. In 2010, she founded conrazón – creating visibility for the world’s wildest creators and disorganizers – a creator development agency investing in new paradigms for a hyper-connected, heart-centered generation. She’s worked as an artist manager for Panamanian, Oakland-based bicultural rap pioneers Los Rakas and Brazil-via-Brooklyn Carioca-funk polyglot diva Zuzuka Poderosa, handled Artist Relations for NYC’s iconic free concert series SummerStage, lead publicity efforts for emergent festivals like Santiago de Cuba’s inaugural MANANA as well as the Afro-Latino Festival of NYC, and has consulted for #DIASPORADICAL artists like Chicano Batman, Blitz the Ambassador, Bomba Estereo, Quantic, Dayme Arocena and many others. Linares is also the founder of ISLA, an arts initiative based in her hometown of New York City borough Staten Island, which co-organizes an annual community arts festival called La Isla Bonita Summer Festival. This experience & her ongoing work as a collective member of Sol Collective in Sacramento, CA – a community center which is co-creating a co-operative record label, artist development model & grassroots touring network – led her to explore the role art and artist collectives could play in building not only a new economy, but a new culture. She has a BA in Political Science from Colgate University and is a proud bicoastal digital nomad based in Western Massachusetts with her partner. Follow her on Twitter: @conrazon.
This May Day we’re releasing Rona Report 2.0, a comparative narrative analysis of the inaugural Rona Report we released a year ago where we explored