Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, PhD is the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, and Affiliate Faculty in Latina/o Studies at The Ohio State University. Before joining OSU, she was Vice President for Institutional Partnerships, Chief Diversity Officer, and Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Dr. Mañjon has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit management, and government administration.
Dr. Mañjon works with both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in arts management, entrepreneurship, community collaborations, institutional partnerships, community arts, and civic engagement activities. She is also committed to initiatives and programs that attract, retain, and inspire students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups on campus. She has developed and taught classes that focus on the integration of art in society, community development through arts practices, and arts administration.
Dr. Mañjon is the former executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life, founding chair of the Community Arts major, and
held the Simpson Endowed Professorship of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Highlights of her tenure at CCA include the establishment of the Community Arts major, the first BFA program of its kind in the United States.
She also created the Center’s Visiting Artists and Scholars program; raised over $8 million dollars for CCA initiatives; and implemented 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change, a highly successful community program that engaged over 500 Oakland residents in art making and civic engagement.
Dr. Mañjon has completed numerous projects, video documentaries, and publications, including 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change, a community-wide collaborative program model and its impact, Invisible Identity: Mujeres Dominicana en California, a video/ photographic installation, presented at the California African American Museum and The Ohio State University, Crafting a Vision for Art, Equity and Civic Engagement: Convening the Community Arts Field in Higher Education, a compilation of essays, narratives and workshops, and A Snap Shot: Landmarking Community Cultural Arts Organizations Nationally, a call to action to support vital community based organizations that reflect the diverse cultural fabric of the nation. Dr. Mañjon also directed and produced Pieces of Cloth, Pieces of Culture: Tapa from Tonga and the Pacific Islands, a video documentation on Tongan Tapa making and community collaboration. Other video documentary projects include Imagine: 100 Families Oakland and Invisible Identities.
Dr. Mañjon earned a PhD in Humanities, Transformative Learning and Change in Human Systems and an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.