PST, THIRD COAST IS BACK THIS FALL — in a new, virtual world. Join us for much-needed audio community & inspiration in: Third Place.

Shirley Alfaro

Shirley Alfaro is Third Coast's executive director. A native Chicagoan, she is rooted in communities, art, education, and justice.

Shirley officially joined the Third Coast team in November of 2019. She comes to Third Coast with over 15 years of experience in arts and media administration in Chicago, including StoryCorps Chicago, Latino Policy Forum and National Public Housing Museum. Prior to that, her work focused on arts-based programming for Chicago’s young people at reputable organizations, Marwen and After School Matters. Shirley utilizes art and storytelling as a foundation for developing public programs, igniting discussion, producing socially engaged art interventions, and public policy research.

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Third Coast International Audio Festival, or Third Coast, is an independent nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago, serving a global community of storytellers and makers. Since our founding in 2000, we have steadfastly advocated for the medium of audio, the art and craft of sonic storytelling, and the people who build our world in sound.