Subashini Ganesan-Forbes


Subashini is a curator, arts administrator, choreographer and former Creative Laureate of Portland (2018 – June 2021). Her contemporary works include deep collaborations with acclaimed artists and arts organizations including Mike Barber (Founder, Ten Tiny Dances), Michelle Fujii (UNIT SOUZOU), Sabina Haque, Amna Mawaz Khan (Pakistan/Germany), Anita Menon, DJ Anjali, Third Angle New Music, PICA, APANO, and Portland Center Stage. Subashini founded New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) in 2012. Through residencies, artist conversations and performance seasons, this vibrant performing arts venue celebrates bold new works created by multicultural independent performing artists. Subashini is Adjunct Professor at Pacific University teaching arts advocacy, an active Community Advisory Committee member of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center and serves as a Board of Director for the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Portland Parks Foundation.


Term Expiration Date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2026
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