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The inaugural Sound Future Creative Career Expo was held on April 23rd, 2016 at one of the most inspirational spaces in San Diego County, the ARTS campus in National City. We connected youth to successful creative professionals through a series of panels, presentations, and performances. People were able to hear from those that have found ways to apply their imagination to their work!

2016 KeyNote Speaker

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

Former Senior Manager of Arts & Culture Funding Programs at City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

As the City of San Diego's Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs, Anjanette guides the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to support San Diego's arts and culture. Anjanette has held roles with Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, ARTS: A Reason To Survive (our beloved hosts), La Jolla Playhouse, The Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, and CYT San Diego.


She has also served as a dance teacher and musical theatre choreographer at West Hills High School and adjunct professor for the Dance Department at Grossmont Community College. She remains actively involved in the local dance community as an independent choreographer and founding member of the Steering Committee of San Diego Dance Connect.


Anjanette holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts.


The Art of StoryTelling: Media & More


  • Mark Lagrimas

    • film producer

  • Amanda Nelson

    • Jupiter house productions

  • J.Smith

    • sounddiego

Strictly Business:

The Other Side of DJing


  • DJ Artistic

    • San Diego's Best DJs

  • DJ Tramlife

    • San Diego's Best DJs


    • suit & tie group

  • Moderated by DJ Kuttin Kandi

Live on Stage!!!

performance panels


  • Michelle Camaya

    • dancer & yoga instructor

  • Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

    • senior manager of arts and culture funding programs & choreographer

  • Parker Edison

    • Rapper Lecturer, video director and multimedia artist

Written on the Walls: Visual Arts & Graphic Design



    • artist and educator

  • The Kwento Thesis

    • artist/illustrator/graphic designer

  • Carolyn Ramos (AKA somaramos)

    • art director san diego city beat/freelance graphic designer/ illustrator

  • Ed Roeder

    • artist and graphic designer

  • Edwin Tactay

    • Emmy Award-winning graphic designer & creative director

Creating Communication: Marketing & Media


  • Jen Amos

    • Social Turtles

  • Shawn McLondon

    • Youth Campaigns

  • Jennifer Newell

    • Community Manager


Moderated by

  • Tiffany Deguzman

Behind the Boards: Sound Engineering


  • David Medina

    • Freelance Audio Engineer- Recording/Mixing Engineer-Live Sound FOH Engineer

  • Robert Kostlan

    • Director for San Diego City College Music Program

  • Jordan "J-Treel' Thomas

    • Audio engineer

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