To Encourage Creative Dreamers to Become Authentic Artists
We are committed to building self-esteem, encouraging personal and professional development, while inspiring the Arrows (participants) to become positive influences in our community. By offering a safe space to create authentic collaboration opportunities and providing performance platforms, they are able to utilize their God-given gifts and talents to produce professional movies, music, stage plays, videos, television shows, web series and more; ultimately transforming the industry into a balanced source of entertainment.
DeAnna is a versatile artist and the visionary behind the Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center, established in 2013. In recognition of her artistic prowess, she received the esteemed 2021 Luminaria Artist Grantee award. DeAnna's remarkable talents shine through in her acclaimed 2018 short film, "Breaking Brokenness," where she clinched three Best Actress awards and a prestigious Best of Fest Acting Award.
Beyond her accomplishments in film, DeAnna has left an indelible mark as an actress and producer in the award-winning short film "Retirement Day." Her creative journey extends to the theatrical realm with the stage play "Grandmas" and a subsequent venture into television with the comedy limited-series "The Rays,".
DeAnna is a trailblazer, bringing her creative vision to life through innovative programs like The Digital Showdown, an engaging online talent show, The FwdProgress Show, a captivating television talk/variety program, and Arrows in Motion, an incubator space fostering the growth of creative writers. With over 30 years of experience, she has cultivated collaborations with gifted individuals, inspiring them to embrace their innate talents, believe in their dreams, and thrive in their purpose. Notably, she played a foundational role in establishing the San Antonio Black International Film Festival. Her extensive portfolio includes producing, directing, and writing for various projects, such as The Odd Life of Shay Little Season 1 & 2. She served as a Producer for compelling short films like "Guilt," "What Is Love?" and "Loneliest Number."
While passionately pursuing her interests in fine arts, including painting and event hosting, DeAnna remains deeply involved in her community. She currently serves as the Program Director for the city-funded Eastside Content Creators Program. As an ordained minister, she utilizes her gifts of encouragement and compassion to impart the profound message of "keep moving forward" to those she encounters. DeAnna Brown's artistic journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to creativity, community, and uplifting others on their paths to success.
MY NEWEST FAVORITE QUOTE: “GO AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE, WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEE FURTHER”
Patsy is the Founder of Another Open Door Production Company and an Award-winning filmmaker. She also founded the InDept Arts & Film Festival of San Antonio. Patsy’s communication and networking skills and her influence in the Entertainment Industry will serve our young adults through her many community and professional partnerships. She is employed full-time by the Texas Workforce Commission. Ms. Whitfield is responsible for the organization's overall management, coordinating activities, networking with other organizations, and establishing collaborating partnerships. Patsy is also the Co-Founder of the SABIFF Awards Banquet, Never Met A Stranger.
Nevetta is currently furthering her education at the University of Phoenix while working full-time as a Therapeutic Director for St. Jude’s Children Ranch. Also, she works with various organizations and ministries throughout San Antonio, where she specializes in youth services and forging collaborative efforts with other ministries. Nevetta’s insight and wisdom allow her to encourage and guide the Arrows when needed.
Nicole's mission is to understand what's next, navigate change and help others do the same.
By cultivating a habit of seeking new ideas, people, and places, she loves making the marriage between an eager job seeker and a phenomenal employer. In her current position as a Human Resources Recruiter, she says, "there's nothing more rewarding than dissecting the departments' staffing needs and then delivering results with a qualified candidate."
Her Master's in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resources Management, as well as her experience as a Human Resources Manager, has equipped her with the knowledge of state and federal-mandated laws, writing policies and procedures, in addition to being responsible for initial grievances, EEOC, and FMLA.
Lastly, her successful completion of the Nonprofit Leadership Development Training offered by Goodwill Industry of San Antonio has given her the experience needed to shepherd the community-based work done throughout nonprofit organizations.
Lina Rugova is an enthusiastic and multifaceted individual. She recently joined Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center as a board member and brings with her a unique combination of skills, having experience in the fields of business consulting, nonprofit leadership, digital marketing, and innovation.
Most of all, Lina is passionate about giving back to her community and nurturing the culture through art and creativity. In her free time, she takes the opportunity to engage with her local businesses and immerse herself in all sorts of San Antonio Arts & Culture scenes. Lina is determined to use her skill set to positively influence and strengthen the creative community while creating the ideal entertainment, culture, and education space.
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