Indi McCasey (they/them) is a facilitator and community catalyst who believes that creative learning experiences can generate a collective sense of purpose and belonging. They have spent the past 15 years working at the intersection of arts, education, and community health with non-profit organizations and school districts in Boston, Santa Fe, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Creative Education Consultant, Indi facilitates professional learning communities of local, national, and international educators, thought leaders, and organizations. They are a faculty member of Alameda County Office of Education's Integrated Learning Specialist Program and Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.
Indi's current social practice is rooted in their experience as a teaching artist, performer, producer, program administrator, and arts advocate. Their creative work has been funded by the California Arts Council, Horizons Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Zellerbach Family Foundation among others. Along with India Davis, Indi co-founded Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus, an annual event at the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco that highlights queer and trans* performing artists of color. In 2016, they co-launched the White Advocates for Racial Equity Network within the National Guild for Community Arts Education, supporting conversations that address power, privilege, and culture in community arts non-profits. As a member of the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership, Indi continues to co-develop a shared practice framework based in the CYD values of youth leadership, racial justice, and collective action. Indi recently joined the Funding Advisory Committee of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program and the American Youth Circus Organization’s Social Circus Network.
They hold an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where they served as an Artist in Residence at Harvard’s Project Zero. Born and raised in the South Bay, Indi continues to stay rooted in the local San Francisco Bay Area arts community and is invested in mentoring and supporting emerging artists and arts leaders, especially those who identify as queer, trans, and/or artists of color.
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