Candelaria Silva-Collins is an arts consultant, writer and facilitator who lives in Dorchester. She connects community-based groups to the arts and arts and cultural institutions to community-based groups. She is Program Manager for the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of the Boston Public Library and is coordinator for the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury – a cultural economic development organization – was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. An active member of the cultural community in Boston, she is currently Chair, Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation and an Advisory Board member of Write on the Dot. She previously served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Dunamis Boston, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. Candelaria’s children’s stories, fiction, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. She has three published children’s picture books.