Hope Mohr

Licensed in California

Working artist and attorney furthering the transformation of the arts into a more equitable and sustainable field by supporting artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations to re-imagine and value-align structures of arts production and support

Hope Mohr works at the intersection of art and social change. She is a working artist as well as an attorney licensed in California. Mohr has woven art and activism for decades as a choreographer, curator, and writer. In 2008, after dancing professionally for many years, she founded the nonprofit Hope Mohr Dance. She is also the founder and co-director of The Bridge Project, which creates and supports equity-driven live art that builds community and centers artists as agents of change. In 2020, she co-stewarded The Bridge Project's transition to an equity-driven model of distributed leadership.

As a lawyer, Mohr supports artists and arts organizations to develop value-aligned models and agreements. With 15 years of experience founding and running a 501c3 that supports a broad network of artists, Mohr understands both the limitations and the possibilities of the nonprofit model, as well as the work involved in moving from hierarchy to collective leadership. She teaches grantwriting to artists and is experienced in navigating the arts funding landscape, having secured and managed foundation and government grants for many years.

As an activist, Mohr has worked for such organizations as AmeriCorps, Earthjustice, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. As an artist, she has led community-based performance projects with breast cancer survivors and military veterans. Passionate about pursuing both community organizing and dance, Mohr earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Columbia Human Rights Fellow. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. She is on the stewardship team of the Non Profit Democracy Network and on the Board of Southern Exposure. Her book, Shifting Cultural Power: Case Studies and Questions in Performance, is forthcoming from the National Center for Choreography. Contact Hope at movementlaw.net.

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  • Mwende Hinojosa
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