2012 Create Change Fellow | 2020 Artist-In-Residence
Queens | Public art management
Xenia Diente is interested in strengthening opportunities for artists and designers to creatively serve NYC. As a Queens based public art professional, she has worked for 17 years with artists and multiple stakeholders improving civic facilities and infrastructure with public art. Xenia has served on selection panels for the NYC Percent for Art Program and Queens Council for the Arts, participated in the NYCxDesign Steering Committee, and co-chaired the Augustus Saint-Gaudens award for professional achievement in Art. She is a 2014 Coro Leadership NY alumna, a 2012 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow, and a 2011 social practice artist in residence led by Rick Lowe at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was part of the “S.T.E.P.” exhibition at Flux Factory and currently serves on the board of Filipino American National History Society–Metro NY chapter. Xenia earned a BFA from Cooper Union, formerly a tuition-free art school in NYC.
Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Arts
Xenia Diente and Jaclyn Reyes will create a series of community conversations and public art activations celebrating the Filipino diaspora in Woodside, Queens, in collaboration with local artists and business owners.
What Does Abundance Mean To You?
“In Philippine culture, there is bayanihan, which functions as a kind of abundance practice. The word comes from the root bayan, meaning nation, town, or community. Bayanihan refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. It signifies the multitudes of belonging—not merely place, but spirit—and the ways we inhabit and participate in it.”