About Caravanserai

Caravanserai Team

Caravanserai calls upon a wide variety of human resources, skill sets, and knowledge to develop and produce program components. The Caravanserai team is currently composed of the following individuals:

Program Management

David Fraher, Executive Director, leads all strategic planning, communications, and fundraising for Caravanserai. For three decades, David has created and managed a diverse and successful array of arts and cultural programs for Arts Midwest, including a series of international programs, large-scale visual arts tours, and leadership development initiatives designed to advance the Minnesota arts community. He has garnered a reputation of creative, visionary, and progressive leadership, and his work remains committed to strengthening Midwestern communities, leaders, and organizations. In addition to his leadership and administrative roles at Arts Midwest, David serves on the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities and is an ex officio member of the Arts Midwest Board. In 2007, David received the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ Gary Young Award for contributions to public support for the arts, and in 2008 he received the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman’s Medal for distinguished service to the field. 

Adam Perry, Senior Program Director, directs the development, execution, and administration of all Caravanserai programming. In addition to his work on Caravanserai, Adam is Arts Midwest’s accessibility coordinator, ensuring that all programs and services are designed to maximize usability and enhance user experiences.  Adam’s career at Arts Midwest, which began in 2006, includes managing the creation of a documentary film based on Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, overseeing the production of six educational documentary films for the NEA National Initiative The Big Read, and directing The Big Read Egypt/U.S., a collaborative Global Cultural Initiative project of U.S. Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Prior to his arrival at Arts Midwest, Adam served as the Director of Operations-Central Region for Live Nation and Producing Manager at the Ordway. Adam holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theatre from Wittenberg University and an M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, Theory and Criticism from The Ohio State University.

Teresa Hollingsworth, Film Programming Coordinator, Caravanserai, manages the program’s film component, including filmmaker coordination and community relations. As Senior Program Director for South Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, Teresa oversees South Arts’s Traditional Arts and Film/Media Programs and provides support for international exchange activities. She directs the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers working closely with filmmakers and partner communities to present new documentaries, narrative, animated, and experimental films throughout the South. Teresa is a seasoned film festival veteran who annually attends national and regional film festivals (Sundance Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, etc.) to identify filmmakers for Southern Circuit. She has contributed to a number of media projects, educational publications, and scholarly journals, curated museum exhibits, and served as a project consultant, lecturer, festival stage manager, and grant panelist.  

Stephen Manuszak, Program Manager for International Initiatives, helps manage community relations, oversees visa applications processes, and coordinates visual arts exhibitions and performing arts tours for Caravanserai. He also supports additional international programming for Arts Midwest, including Arts Midwest World Fest and several ongoing exchange projects with China. Stephen began working with Arts Midwest in 2007 as Development Associate, assisting with fundraising and communications across the organization. He rejoined the organization in 2011 after working in Foundation and Government Relations at Jazz at Lincoln Center and completing graduate school. Stephen is a Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association in New York and sailed around the world with the global study program Semester at Sea. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.

Lindajoy Fenley, Tour Manager, Caravanserai, has been an Arts Midwest tour manager since 2003. Having pasted a slogan to the bumper of her car only once in her life (Music really does make the world a better place), Lindajoy believes each of the nearly 20 tours she had has led has made a contribution to greater cultural understanding and world peace. Between Arts Midwest tours, she substitute teaches in Sonoma County, California. Prior to returning to California, she lived in Mexico City from 1988 through 2005 where she founded Dos Tradiciones, a non-profit organization to promote traditional Mexican music and cultural exchange. She has also lectured and taught courses about traditional Mexican music and has had a long career in journalism — with staff positions on U.S. and Central American newspapers and years of freelancing for magazines and wire services while in Mexico. She is a contributing editor at ChicoSol, a webzine covering the Upper Sacramento Valley and the many cultures that make it their home. Lindajoy has BA and MA degrees in journalism from San Jose State University and the University of Southern California and has completed an ethnomusicology course at Mexico’s National Anthropology University (ENAH).

Artistic Advisors

Asad Jafri acted as Artistic Advisor for Caravanserai: Malaysia. Asad runs an independent cultural consultancy called Sukoon Creative, building on extensive experience presenting Muslim artists as Director of Arts and Cultura for the Inner-city Muslim Action Network in Chicago and a festival organizer for the World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia. He also performs internationally as DJ Man-O-Wax.

Zeyba Rahman acted as Artistic Director for Caravanserai: Pakistan and Caravanserai: Morocco. She holds more than 20 years’ experience as an artistic director and producer of performing arts, film, and visual arts programs with renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alliance Francaise/French Institute, and Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, among many others.

Nawal Slaoui acted as photography curator for Caravanserai: Morocco. Nawal has produced critically acclaimed exhibitions in Casablanca, New York, and Paris, and runs preeminent galleries and programs in both Morocco and France, including CulturesInterface, which specializes in art of Morocco and the Maghreb.