Ron Kavanaugh

Ron performed at a SpeakTogether student matinee at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx on March 7, 2023, speaking on the theme, “A Brave and Startling Truth.”

Ron Kavanaugh is a literary activist and executive director of the Literary Freedom Project, a Bronx-based arts organization that believes cultural identity is a fundamental cornerstone in the development of smart, creative, and engaged communities. Born and raised in the Bronx, Kavanaugh has worked with numerous arts organizations, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, and En Foco, Inc. In 2017, he organized the photography exhibition Black Documents, which featured Jamel Shabazz. In 2022, Ron co-curated Swagger and Tenderness: The South Bronx Portraits by John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, on view at The Bronx Museum October 26 – April 4, 2023. As founding director of the Literary Freedom Project, he oversees the discussion group One Book One Bronx, the Mosaic Literary Conference, and Mosaic magazine.