Davin Diaz is the Executive Director of the Arts Center Task Force. He took the position after developing years of experience as a multi-media artist, filmmaker, fundraiser, supporter, and promoter of the arts, as well as an advocate for underrepresented communities. He currently serves on the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the first Latino to chair the Tri-Cities Legislative Council. Davin is the founder of the Tri-Cities Latino Coalition, and is a former member of the Richland City Arts Commission. He was instrumental in establishing the region’s first TEDx talks, as well as developing several public art projects.
Davin is the founder of DrewBoy Creative (DBC). DBC launched in November 2015 with the premier of the art documentary “Faceless Fields of Colour” and an accompanying art show. In February 2016 DBC opened its gallery doors with their partner Confluent Space Tri-Cities. Through the arts, DBC develops art exhibitions and events that create experiences that stimulate conversation and community by celebrating and supporting amateur, outsider, and professional artists. They prioritize and promote art from individuals who are emerging artists, from diverse or marginalized backgrounds, or challenge the traditional school of thought related to art.
Davin has won multiple awards, including the 2017 Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Community Leader of the Year, a member of the Port of Kennewick’s 2018 Friend of the Port Award, recipient of the 2018 Kennewick City Arts Commission’s Energize the Arts Award, and the 2019 Washington State Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in the Community Category.
Davin lives in West Richland with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Jennifer Porter is the Administrative Assistant and Communications Chair for the Arts Center Task Force. As newcomer to the Tri-Cities in June 2019, she joined ACTF as a volunteer member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Jennifer is a strong believer in community engagement and also teaches at Washington State University and serves on Habitat for Humanity's Family Services Committee.
In 2018, Jennifer received her PhD in Geography from the University of Washington. As an artist-scholar, she is interested in the role the arts play in community engagement and urban change. In 2016, Jennifer completed a 15x5m mosaic mural in Costa Rica, titled 'Mariposas Contra la Violencia.' She has been a university educator since 2011 and in 2018, while teaching at the University of Washington, she was recognized as an outstanding instructor for her use of assignments that empower students to be engaged members of their communities outside of the classroom.