Julia recently joined the LACO family after a successful tenure writing grants for CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. She has spent over 15 years in the nonprofit arts world in development, marketing, special events and education with organizations of all sizes. Through it all, Julia has maintained a curiosity and zeal for the arts and all things creative. She’s also gained a greater understanding for the business behind the arts.
Practically speaking, it all started in rural Arizona where she promoted visiting artists and local arts organizations in a military town. From Sierra Vista, Arizona, Julia looked to Los Angeles and then headed east to Baltimore and Washington, DC. In Washington, Julia promoted an experimental theatrical collective’s work based on permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She also provided production and operational support for the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, an organization devoted to providing financial aid to struggling R&B artists from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. In Los Angeles, Julia worked for the Music Center Education Division, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach and Pacific Symphony, finding ways to both support art and feed her curiosity.
A native of Southern California, Julia earned a B.A. in Humanities from UC Berkeley. She later developed her passion for writing at UCLA Extension’s Print Journalism program and, for several years, worked as a freelance journalist and marketing writer, including a stint with an L.A.-based Sri Lankan newspaper. While she is not formally trained as a musician, she played piano in her early years and has a working knowledge of “Flop Eared Mule” on the fiddle. Her uncle, Victor Fuentealba, was president of the International Federation of Musicians in the 1970s and 80s, and at 94, remains an energetic fan of his niece’s career. In addition to her new world of all things LACO, Julia spends time with her 90-year-old mother and oldest brother, Jim, which often includes beach workouts. When time allows, Julia savors the ocean, takes salsa lessons and writes nonfiction and poetry. At the top of her list of joy-filled moments, though, is the experience of live music, where the nexus between performer and audience member becomes a threshold for all things magical. Julia’s thrilled to be part of the LACO team and looks forward to spreading the word about and raising money for this exciting and relevant orchestra.