Wise words from our newest board member, Tina Mitaine

About the Workshop
1. How long have you been on the Workshop’s Board of Directors?
Since May 2012. I am a new and excited board member!

2. What brought you to the Workshop?
I have a strong affinity towards the arts. I was drawn to the arts, theatre and dance which grew stronger through my twenties. I had an artistic family who always made arts an important part of our lives. I realized the arts needed to be supported.

Today, I take Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance classes, and I love it!

3. Why did you choose to join the Workshop’s board?
I had just returned from a trip in Cuba and was spurred to support the arts in America. The students’ access to arts education in Cuba is incredible; it is so readily accessible. To come back to America and see the lack of arts in schools inspired me to get involved.

I really like the social justice emphasis at the Workshop. It appeals to me that the Workshop targets the most underserved schools in the city. It reaches the kids who need arts the most.

Performing Arts Workshop is also extremely well organized and the staff is extremely efficient.

About Tina
1. Where do you live?
San Mateo

2. Two albums you could not live without?
Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti”

3. Favorite book?
David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day

4. Favorite neighborhood in San Francisco?
The Mission! It has character and great food.

5. Where do you escape to on the weekends?
The Mission or Stinson Beach.

6. Name an artist you would want to meet in person (alive or dead)?
Potentially Paul Rog, or for fabulosity, Josephine Baker. Those two together–well that would be a night. She danced, helped in the war, and she rocked a banana skirt.

7. Favorite restaurant?
Tartine. It may be cliche, but it’s awesome. When you are having a bad day and you eat a croissant the size of two fists, everything is good again.

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