Founder & Executive Director, Local Color
San José Director
Originally from the Mojave Desert in Southern California, Erin Salazar is an artist, muralist, seamstress, curator, community organizer and dreamer. As an entrepreneur, she is the Founding Executive Director of the arts nonprofit Local Color, whose mission is to keep local artists employed, engaged and active by building multifaceted opportunities that empower creatives in San José. Erin has participated in and orchestrated over 40,000 square feet of public art throughout San José. She is a fellow with National Arts Strategies, Knight Foundation, 880 Cities and the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute of San José. The work of her and her team at Local Color has been recognized by Sam Liccardo's Mayor's Commendation, San José Councilmember Raul Peralez's District 3 Champions, and in 2018 Salazar was named by Senator Jim Beall as Woman of the Year: Rising Star Honoree and KQED's Women to Watch: Bay Brilliant. In 2019, Salazar was one of seven individuals across the United States selected for the Knight Foundation’s Public Space Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San José State University, class of 2011. As an artist, Salazar's personal creative work explores the juxtaposition of the organic + intentional, chaos + order, life + death. Her favorite color is black.