Collide Arts

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Nathaniel Brickens, Board Member

Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, teaches trombone and serves as director of the internationally acclaimed UT Trombone Choir. He holds a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. from the University of Michigan, and a B.M. from Southern University. In recognition of his teaching, he has received several citations including being nominated for a 2013 UT Regents Outstanding Teacher Award, a 2012 Blunk Memorial Professorship, and the UT Senate of College Councils 2009 Professor of the Year Award; and was the recipient of a 2009 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, a 2006-07 Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship and a 2005 Texas Exes Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Clay Hunn, Board Chair

(Bio and photo coming soon)

Barbara Shack, Board Member

Barbara Shack is the Executive Assistant to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where her lifelong commitment to the arts was kindled. Her past experience includes serving as Vice President of Shack Productions where she produced concerts for a national list of clients, and owning and operating a high-end floral business. In 2002, she moved to Austin, where she served as Executive Administrator at Ballet Austin before joining the Mayor's office in 2015. In her free time, she takes advantage of Austin’s cultural opportunities.

​Steve Parker, Artistic Director

Steve Parker is an interdisciplinary artist who creates communal, democratic work to examine systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. His work has been featured at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a Harrington Scholar at UT Austin, and has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.  

Bianca Diaz, Intern

Bianca Diaz is a senior Music Marketing major at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Born and raised in Houston, music has always been a huge part of Bianca’s life. At a young age, she began piano lessons and joined her middle school band program playing the flute. Her interest in music marketing stems from her passion for keeping public school music programs available to students and encouraging the music community to grow. After she graduates, she plans to have her own non-profit organization dedicated to the arts focusing specifically on music. She hopes to make an impact in the music industry and educate the community about the importance of the arts.


COLLIDE  is generously supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc, and the Mid America Arts Alliance.