Lily Kharrazi

Lily Kharrazi is the program manager of the Living Cultures Grants Program at the Alliance for California Traditional Arts where she has had the privilege of meeting and working with many of the communities whose portraits helped to inform this essay. A dance ethnologist by training, she has worked in refugee resettlement and was formerly program director at World Arts West, producing nine seasons of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She serves as a consultant to both local and national projects involved with arts and culture. A first generation American, she is trying to figure out if it’s family folklore or truth to say that she is the first one in her family to be born outside of Iran in 14 generations.

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Jun 01, 2008
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Jan 01, 2008
Deep Roots, Many Branches: Black Choreographers Festival, Jan/ Feb 2008

Jun 01, 2007
Signature Style: Eclectic Ethnic