Alejandra
Valarino Boyer


BIPOC Arts

Founder

Alejandra Valarino Boyer is an arts administrator dedicated to creating positive social impact and building community through the arts. She leads Seattle Opera’s learning programs and community engagement initiatives as its Director of Programs and Partnerships, and oversees the implementation of the company's racial equity plan. Alejandra is the founder of BIPOC Arts, an online database that celebrates BIPOC opera professionals.

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Notable Affiliations

Sphinx Organization
SphinxLEAD, 2021
Opera Orlando
Representation Matters Committee Member, 2020 - present
OPERA America
Racial Justice Opera Network Steering Committee, 2019 - present
OPERA America
Leadership Intensive, 2017
Current Position(s)
BIPOC Arts
Seattle, WA
Founder

2020

BIPOC Arts celebrates Black, Indigenous, and POC individuals in opera by providing a community for BIPOC opera professionals and serving as a resource for companies, collaborators, and recruiters to engage with a wide range of BIPOC talent in the field.
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Director of Programs and Partnerships

2018

Lead Seattle Opera's learning programs and community engagement initiatives, with a focus on expanding the company’s civic impact, building future audiences, and enriching experiences for opera audiences.
Previous Experience
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Director of Community Programs

2013

Oversaw operations of Lyric Unlimited artistic productions and led the design, development, and implementation of community engagement and creative youth development programs. Oversaw the development and production of operatic and artistic works for adult and youth audiences. Cultivated relationships with Chicago-area community partners and created collaborative events throughout the city.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Administrative Assistant - Women's Board

2010

Managed logistics for major fundraising events, created and managed timelines, coordinated with committee members, vendors, and event volunteers, and prepared promotional and event materials. Supported Lyric Wine Auction 2012 committee members in planning of the Wine Auction and its surrounding events, solicited donations and cultivated auction lots, and assisted in writing and editing copy for auction catalog and collateral pieces.
BIPOC Arts Founder

About Alejandra



Alejandra Valarino Boyer is an arts administrator dedicated to creating positive social impact and building community through the arts. She leads Seattle Opera’s learning programs and community engagement initiatives as its Director of Programs and Partnerships, with a focus on expanding the company’s social impact, building future audiences, and enriching experiences for opera audiences. Most recently she developed a fellowship program for arts administrators of color and a new works program for emerging Washington State composers and librettists, and oversees the company's racial equity work. Alejandra is the founder of BIPOC Arts, an online database of opera professionals of color that celebrates BIPOC artists and administrators.

Previously, Alejandra was the Director of Community Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she oversaw community engagement initiatives, including creative youth development programs and artistic productions. Alejandra worked closely with community organizations to grow Lyric’s presence outside of the Lyric Opera House. She developed Lyric’s Caminos a la ópera, which engaged with Chicago’s Latinx communities through collaborative and culturally relevant events and programs.

Alejandra is an alumna of American Express Leadership Academy and Opera America's Leadership Intensive. She serves on the Opera America’s Racial Justice Network and Women’s Opera Network steering committees. She holds degrees in music from Florida State University and Northwestern University.

Notable Projects

Chicago Voice Community Created Performances
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Designed and led Chicago Voices Community Created Performances. Coordinated several community groups and led over 20 staff and artistic personnel in the creation and performance of community-devised works. Created and developed website to support the full Chicago Voices initiative.

Caminos a la ópera
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Established Lyric’s Caminos a la ópera initiative in ongoing collaboration with Latinx community partners to create culturally relevant programming. Produced theatrical productions, including the creation of Canciones y arias, a concert performance combining opera and mariachi for sold-out community performances.

EmpowerYouth!
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Created EmpowerYouth!, an afterschool creative youth development program for teens in partnership with the Chicago Urban League. Led artists and project staff in the execution of the program for 30 high school students. Oversaw production of culminating performance.

Creation Lab
Seattle Opera

Developed and launched a new works program for Washington State composers and librettists - www.seattleopera.org/creationlab

Seattle Arts Fellowship
Seattle Opera

Developed and launched a fellowship program for arts administrators of color in partnership with Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, KingFM, and Seattle University. www.seattleopera.org/fellowship.

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