Xelestiál Moreno-Luz is a woman of transgender experience, interdisciplinary artist, and advocate living in Los Angeles (Tongva Nation), CA. Originally raised in Southeast & Central Los Angeles, she currently serves as the Program Manager at REACH LA – a historical arts organization that has empowered LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities in Los Angeles since 1992. Xelestiál’s approach to her art and social justice practice focuses on collective autonomy, memory, desire, self-determination, and enhancing the visual intelligence of her communities. Xelestiál currently holds a B.A. in Media from the University of California, San Diego, where her thesis work highlights Mexican and Colombian transgender identities building community through social movements and performance/performing arts. She also serves on the Los Angeles Executive Board of Somos LOUD, an affinity group under the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, working to enhance community interdependence for BIPOC resisting oppression across the diaspora.
“Participating in the NLI will empower me to strategically envision art programs that uplift Latiné Queer and Trans communities with comprehensive art curriculums. What excites me most is the opportunity to collaboratively dream a sustainable Latinx art sector with other leaders across the country. “