Jessabet Vivas-Capó

  • Non-Arts/Non-Humanities
  • San Juan, PR

Jessabet Vivas-Capó, Esq., MA, has been the Programmatic Advisor to the Executive Director of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) since 2017. Vivas-Capó is adamant in evidencing the economic value of the creative industries sector. During 2022, she led ICP’s efforts in collecting data for Arts & Economic Prosperity 6, Americans for the Arts’ study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. This was the first time Puerto Rico had participated in the study. Together with the Executive Director, Vivas-Capó spearheaded the development of the Creative Districts Act, which awaits the Legislative vote with the support of the Executive Branch. She runs the Cultural Factories initiative, an entrepreneurial mindset capacity-building project, and currently works on the publication of a bilingual Folk Arts Catalog, showcasing over 70 folk arts pieces with essays that explain their cultural, historical, political, utilitarian, and aesthetic contexts. Vivas-Capó has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and nominated bobbin lace artisan Nellie Vera for the NEA National Heritage Award. She was honored with the recognition in 2021. Vivas-Capó holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Cultural Management, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.

“Participating in NALAC’s Advocacy Leadership Institute will allow me to strategize and communicate more effectively the cultural policies and projects I work on. Keeping a watchful eye to situations of inequity to actively work towards addressing and resolving them and empower the individuals and communities I serve.”