Sharon M. Chin is the Executive Director and Founder of Creative Sanctum. A digital magazine focused on amplifying the behind-the-scenes creative processes of artists, Creative Sanctum also empowers artists as activists. In 2020, Sharon launched The Fierce Urgency of Now Microgrant initiative to support artists working against systemic racism. In addition to Creative Sanctum, Sharon served as an Arts Commissioner with the Queens Council of the Arts. She enabled the telling of untold stories centered on Flushing and Jamaica, Queens, while also democratizing the traditional arts commissioning process. In addition to creative work, Sharon has a decade of management consulting experience. Via PwC, or PricewaterhouseCoopers, IMS Health, and independent consulting, Sharon provides strategic insights and transformation to leading healthcare and non-profit institutions globally. Sharon is a product of New York City, specifically Queens, and serves as a Queens District 11 Community Board member. She is a graduate of Columbia University, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, and a former Global Language Project board member. Sharon, to her surprise, also completed the 2016 NYC Marathon and 2018 NYC Triathlon. As an arts practitioner, Sharon is also a poet, most recently featured in Newtown Literary, and an avid swing and tango dancer.
“Art can play a unique role in safeguarding democracy. Because, inside each of us, is a creative citizen.”
Learn more about Sharon’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Updated June 2021
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The Creative Sanctum's Catalyst Commissions "Comic About White Supremacy in Queens" project released
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Transatlantic Conversation: Anti Asian Racism, Discrimination, and Violence
On June 8th Humanity in Action's Fellows Sharon Chin, Allister Chang, and Tara Dickman participated in the Transatlantic Conversation: Anti Asian Racism, Discrimination, and Violence.
Catalyst Commissions' Awardees
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Catalyst Commissions: Grants for New York City Artists
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The Catalyst Commissions Protect Democracy Edition
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Sharon Chin: What does extreme polarization mean for democracy?
Landecker Democracy Fellow Sharon Chin discusses the implications of extreme polarization on democracy. This was part of a debrief call following the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6th.
Creative Sanctum's Toolkit for Sustaining Democracy
Landecker Democracy Fellow and Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Sharon M. Chin is Founder and Executive Director of digital magazine Creative Sanctum. This month, following the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th, Creative Sanctum curated a toolkit of creative resources to facilitate discussion, reflection, and inspiration for sustaining democracy.
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows Discuss Protecting Democracy After Attack on US Capitol
Landecker Fellows gathered to debrief the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the implications this assault has had on the future of democracy--an assault fueled by conspiracy theories and former US President Donald Trump himself. From there, they deliberated on how we can depolarize our communities and call civil society into action in order to protect and strengthen democratic societies.