Cristina Pacheco {on how to be spiritual in a human world}

This week, we talk about why it's so important not to bury our heads in the sand when it comes to being informed about what's going on in the world {even though we understand why you'd want to} and why we must use the any privilege and agency we do have to be advocates for those who don't have the same benefits. Our guest, Cristina Pacheco, joins us for a brilliant conversation about how to become more engaged in politics and activism - such as by being more willing to listen, ask questions, and learn, and by being willing to set your initial intentions aside for the sake of more meaningful impact. Plus, Cristina very beautifully breaks down why the personal is political, and eloquently explains the intersection between art and advocacy.   

About The Guest

Cristina Pacheco is an activist, producer, and nonprofit consultant based out of Los Angeles. Cristina has worked with local, state, and national organizations and movements at the intersection of civic engagement, social justice, and arts practice. Previously, she served as the Director of Programs at Arts for LA where she created and still currently facilitates the ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program, training community arts advocates in areas of policy, leadership, coalition building, and communication. Cristina was also instrumental in launching the ArtsVote campaign, providing a cadre of civic engagement opportunities to arts advocates across LA County, and produced the LA Convergence, an annual convening of arts and arts education leaders.

Before moving back to her hometown area of Los Angeles, Cristina studied and served in San Diego for nearly a decade. She worked with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory as a community teaching artist and administrator with the Community Opus Project, a program designed to make music education accessible for students in Chula Vista, California. Her early career included serving as an event coordinator with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and organizing international service programming for students at Point Loma Nazarene University. 

A life-long vocalist, Cristina is featured soloist and founding board member of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale which serves the East San Gabriel Valley through community music programs. She also serves on the Advisory Board for The Underground Museum, a dynamic, innovative cultural hub in providing progressive programming and exhibits in Los Angeles.

Cristina also serves on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity for the City of Los Angeles and CREATE California’s Equity Committee providing leadership and strategy partnership on statewide initiatives to improve access to the arts in K-12 education. 

Cristina holds an M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in Media Communications with a music minor from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Top Three Takeaways:

  1. We cannot pretend we exist in a vacuum or bury our heads in the sand in the name of spirituality - nor can we call ourselves leaders or spiritual beings if we are not in some way addressing what's happening in the world.
  2. Be more willing to listen and to ask questions, and also watch for where your intention may be taking over your ability to make the right kind of impact.
  3. The more we have privilege, agency, or access, the more responsibility we have to stand up for those who don't. Become aware of your privilege and begin looking at the extent to which you're willing to take up responsibility to advocate for others.   

Links You'll Love:

  • Cristina's website
  • Artivists Into Action meets on Tuesday nights in various locations around Los Angeles to bring artists together to create change and discuss activism. Email Cristina at for more details.
  • Lyrics From Lockdown
  • White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte
  • Get more info about Non-Violent Communication here
  • Join us at the Mar Vista Art Department on June 6th for an Amplify Dines experience unlike any others we've hosted! Get your tickets here
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