Wade Colwell-Sandoval

Wade Colwell-Sandoval
Creative Catalyst for Leadership and Learning


Wade Colwell-Sandoval is a performance artist, Co-Founder of Funkamentalz and has been a Creative Catalyst for Leadership and Learning spanning two decades. Since graduating as an honors athlete from Stanford University in 1992, he has focused on producing inspirational arts experiences for youth. Wade develops programs (Spectrum of Life, Express Yourself), designs curriculum (Wisdomseekers, Mexican-American/Raza Studies Dept. Tucson, AZ), coordinates conferences (Youth Action Project/White Privilege Conference, Leaders of P.E.A.C.E.), partners with other facilitators (New Wilderness Project, MAVIN) and performs as an MC/Storyteller/Spoken Word artist.

Coming from a mixed-heritage background (Mexican, Tarahumara, English, Irish, Italian) Wade shares his inner journey navigating the complexity of multiple identities in a racially motivated and rigid social system. Furthermore, raised in a family tradition of socially-minded artists which include his grandfather Anthony Quinn (actor), mother Catalina (painter/sculptor), and father Paul (songwriter/musician), Wade is dedicated to imagining and discovering the functional potential of creative expression.