Winda I. Shimizu was inducted into the Culture & Art Category in 2018.
Winda is a master creator, coordinator and supporter of the arts whose tireless work has had an invaluable impact on expanding arts programming in central Alameda County and beyond. As Executive Director of the Hayward Arts Council and Curator of the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall, Winda is passionate about promoting the work of local artists to enrich community life. She also works at Hayward’s Sun Gallery on exhibitions and programs that reflect the community’s rich diversity. Winda volunteers many hours on boards and committees devoted to bringing art to local classrooms, exhibiting the work of young artists and providing scholarship opportunities in the arts. She has also been working with a committee of Hayward schools’ staff, teachers, parents, and patrons of the arts to develop a Master Visual and Performing Arts Plan so all students have access to first-rate arts education.