Victoria Lanata Briones – Community Engagement Coordinator / Creative Arts Coordinator
Hello! My name is Victoria and I have two roles at The Welcoming: one doing Community Engagement and the other coordinating our Creative Arts programme. This means I help Welcoming participants know what’s on in Edinburgh so they can enjoy being part of their new communities and truly flourish! For that I facilitate the monthly Welcome to Edinburgh sessions and other activities that connect people with different Edinburgh groups and organisations. Because I also oversee the Creative Arts Programme, I’m also involved in most of The Welcoming’s art activities: from workshops to outings and performances, I help plan and deliver the wonderful creative sessions that take place here.
My family has been crossing oceans and borders for over 150 years. I was born in Argentina, spent my early childhood in the United States and have been a proud Leither for the last 9 years. I believe in magic and people power, and am a very active member of my community. When I’m not at home chilling with my feline flatmate, you’ll find me around town at different activist gatherings, art shows and healing circles.