a project by Todd Lester

Lanchonete.org celebrates São Paulo’s ubiquitous lunch counters and their role in the life of the Center. The project invites a group of international artists to reside in – and thus develop a relationship with – the Center of São Paulo, its citizens, institutions, issues and patterns. In the coming months, Lanchonete.org will host membership meetings for Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete so that anyone who is interested may join in building a cooperatively-owned restaurant set to open sometime in 2015 in the Center. Take a look in our first zine.


Todd recently assumed the role of Executive Director for Global Arts Corps before which, he consulted for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Fonds BKVB, Lambent Foundation, Arts Collaboratory, and the Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation.  Currently, he serves on the boards of artist and literary residencies in India, Germany, and Mexico and recently wrote desk studies for FREEMUSE/SIDA and Res Artis/Fonds BKVB on the residency sectors in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, West Africa, North Africa, Middle East, Central America and South America.  In Winter 2012, Todd convened a workshop for the Heinrich Boell Stiftung on ‘Conditions that put Artists in Danger’ for its February 2012 Radius of Art conference and gave a keynote address to the Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting on residency and new forms of sharing in the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquake.  Todd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Refugee Studies Centre’s Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford University. Todd received the Peace Corps Fund Award for his work starting freeDimensional; was named ‘Architect of the Future’ by the Waldzell Institute in 2008; and serves as a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute where he is the focal point on issues of art and policy.

Todd Lester

This work was submitted by Todd Lester on 16 August 2014.

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