Joy Tang is the Grants Director at Destiny Arts Center, where she supports fundraising, writing, and evaluation practices that honor and uplift the work of educators, artists, and youth development professionals. Originally from Houston, Texas, Joy has been with Destiny since 2011.
Joy believes that movement/arts practices can provide individuals of all ages with a felt sense of their own power and beauty. Her work is part of a shared effort that supports young people in gaining self-knowledge, voice, and a sense of accomplishment through arts.
Before coming to Destiny, Joy taught high school English and ESL in Houston and holds an English/Language Arts teaching credential with an English Language Learner authorization in Texas and California. Since arriving at Destiny, Joy has supported the organization’s first grants-funded intergenerational performance collaborations and helped to increase public funding by over 70% between fiscal years 2015 and 2018.
Joy holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Chinese Studies from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her thesis, Dancing Towards Freedom: An Auto/ethnography on the Relationship between Salsa, Following, and Agency. She is a current member of the Grant Professionals Association; a volunteer copyeditor for Cultural Analysis, an online journal for folklore and popular culture; and teaches yoga at Options Recovery Services in Berkeley, CA.