About Candelaria

About CandelariaCandelaria Silva-Collins is Coordinator, Community Membership Program, for the Huntington Theatre Company. CMP is designed to remove the cost barrier to attending Huntington Theatre Company productions and therefore help HTC achieve its goal of having audiences that more fully reflect the city of Boston.

As Marketing Consultant for Door2Door to the Arts, a program of Door2Door Transportation by SCM Community Transportation, from 2009-2012, she researched, developed and marketed seasonal calendars of arts and cultural events at a variety of prices for seniors citizens. The project was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation and designed to help seniors, primarily from the towns of Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford maintain healthy, mobile and connected lives.

Other community outreach consulting clients were: Youth Producing Change of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Merengue! Visual Rhythms/Ritmos Visuales exhibit of works by Dominican Artists at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists; and Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC).

Arts Administration/Programming

Candelaria was the first Director of ACT (Arts, Culture & Trade) Roxbury from its inception in 1998 until August 2007. ACT Roxbury was the cultural economic development program of Madison Park Development Corporation.

She conceived and developed: Roxbury Film Festival: Films Celebrating People of Color, Roxbury Literary Annual, Roxbury Open Studio, Roxbury in Motion (plays), Roxbury Discussion Series, Playwright Mentorship Series (led by Ed Bullins, Kate Snodgrass and Lydia Diamond) and Danette Jones Business of Culture Series (professional development workshops for artists). She also produced four Roxbury is Rich Holiday Shopping Guides promoting arts-related businesses that were inserts in the Bay State Banner and Boston Globe.

She played a major role in the creation of the Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, the rehabilitation of the grand former Irish Dance Hall.

Parenting Education

Candelaria has designed and facilitated workshops for parents and professionals for more than 20 years and was one of the original trainers for Families First. Her recent training clients include: Parent University (Boston Public Schools), Children’s Trust Fund, Parent 411, and Dorchester Arts Collaborative. She is an approved Qualified Trainer for the Massachusetts Office of Early Education & Childcare for Spectrum Management.


An active Blogger, Candelaria writes about current issues, relationships, race and other topics in witty, entertaining, and powerful entries on her personal blog (http://blog.candelariasilva.com). She was a Contributing Editor to BlogHer.com on mid-life issues and on parenting issues for Parent411 . Candelaria has also written web content and articles for Financial Education Associates and Door2Door Arts.