Todd Lester

Todd Lester Leandro Viana

Biography

Todd Lanier Lester is an artist, writer, curator and cultural producer. He is from Tennessee and lives in São Paulo, where he works with Lanchonete.org—a project focused on the right to the city—with a group of fellow city dwellers. Todd has worked in leadership, advocacy, and strategic planning roles at Musagetes, Global Arts Corps, Reporters Sans Frontières, the International Rescue Committee and Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation.  He founded freeDimensional, a network that helps artists in danger by providing safe haven in participating artist residencies. Todd is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute where he directs the Arts-Policy Nexus, and a member of the Artists-at-Risk Connection steering committee at the PEN American Center. He co-ordinates ArtistSafety.net, a hybrid consultancy and volunteer network that provides case management for artists at risk.