Sabrina Lynn Motley

Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Institution

Sabrina Lynn Motley joined the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2013 as director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Previously, she was senior director of programs and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center, overseeing content-rich public programs and exhibitions highlighting Houston’s expanding connections with Asia. Before the Texas Center, Sabrina was vice president of Vesper Society, a social justice foundation, and program and education director at the Japanese American National Museum (a Smithsonian affiliate). She curated public programs for the Getty Museum and community-based exhibitions for the California Endowment. Sabrina taught anthropology at Art Center College of Design and Otis Institute for Art and Design. She also hosted “The Global Village” on KPFK in Los Angeles. Sabrina earned a B.A. in world arts and cultures and an M.A. in African studies, both from UCLA. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in anthropology, conducting research on the interplay between religious faith, doubt, and social activism.





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