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Welcome to My Blog: Arts and Culture Connections

Dear Colleague, Imagine a world without theater, music, dance, visual arts, books or the support of our essential cultural institutions. Unfortunately, the current political climate has awakened us all to the possibility that we may be standing at the threshold of what could become be a dark, abysmal and soulless landscape. Against that backdrop, today, I am launching my new blog to champion the arts, … Continue reading Welcome to My Blog: Arts and Culture Connections

Expanding Circus Arts Opportunities for BIPOC Artists

I am thrilled to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections an interview I recently conducted with Monique Martin. Monique is currently the Director of Programming for Harlem Stage, a performing arts center that commissions and nurtures artists of color while celebrating the indelible impression the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem has made on American culture, as well as the world. … Continue reading Expanding Circus Arts Opportunities for BIPOC Artists

Artists of Color Continue Protests for Equity and Justice

I have been deeply moved by the profound and steady flow of voices of protest and demands for racial justice that have emerged from the international arts community in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Artists and arts administrators of color have been speaking out in every facet of the arts industry—theater, museums, dance, music and the visual arts—and in countries all around … Continue reading Artists of Color Continue Protests for Equity and Justice

HARLEM WEEK 2020: Going Virtual in the time of COVID-19

I LOVE HARLEM WEEK! From bringing artists to the festival for exposure to helping with the planning and the execution of marketing plans, I have been involved with this legendary arts and cultural festival for more than 30 years. As I have previously shared with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections, this event is an extraordinary example of business, civic and cultural organizations joining … Continue reading HARLEM WEEK 2020: Going Virtual in the time of COVID-19

What the Arts Can Learn From Our Youth Activists

I am excited by the numbers of young Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) activists, supported by young white allies, who are leading the waves of protests and social justice movements that have sprung up across the globe in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Drawing upon the legacy of the American civil rights movement, these emboldened youth, many of them young women, … Continue reading What the Arts Can Learn From Our Youth Activists

State of Black Arts Organizations: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Celebrates 50th Anniversary

During this period of multiple crises—COVID-19, racial injustice, record unemployment and economic stagnation—I think it’s important that we remember the essential role of Black Arts institutions. Over the coming months of these ongoing crises, I will be shining a spotlight on the state of Black Arts organizations to keep the readers of Arts & Culture Connections abreast of how these valiant Champions of the Arts … Continue reading State of Black Arts Organizations: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Celebrates 50th Anniversary

How the Arts Can Help Combat Bias and Injustice

Since the tragic murder of George Floyd a month ago, there have been several news reports about the hundreds of millions of dollars pledged and/or donated to organizations committed to fighting for racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, or to address unconscious bias. I believe a portion of this money should be shared with arts organizations to help facilitate and foster the social changes necessary … Continue reading How the Arts Can Help Combat Bias and Injustice

“CI to Eye” Expands Conversation About EDI in the Arts

I am very happy to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections the link to a compilation podcast put together by Capacity Interactive to further expand the conversation at this critical time about equity, diversity, inclusion and access within the arts community. In addition to an interview conducted with me by CI founder Erik Gensler, this compilation includes interviews with leaders in the … Continue reading “CI to Eye” Expands Conversation About EDI in the Arts

The Spotlight of Racial Injustice Is Now Focusing on Broadway

In the wake of the widespread distribution of the videotaped murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Toni McDade, there continues to be unprecedented, nationwide examinations of and discussions about the effects of racism, white fragility, white privilege and white supremacy in America. These discussions are now touching every sphere of American life. This past week, … Continue reading The Spotlight of Racial Injustice Is Now Focusing on Broadway

Arts Organizations Engage in Dialogues About Racial Injustice

Like many of my readers of Arts & Culture Connections, I have spent the past week engaged in numerous discussions about how the arts can help bridge and heal the societal chasms and wounds created by racism, racial injustice, and state-sanctioned violence. The videotaped murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Toni McDade, have shown the … Continue reading Arts Organizations Engage in Dialogues About Racial Injustice

True Champions of the Arts Must End Their Silence

It is challenging for me to process the intensifying domino effect of this past week’s painful and world-rocking events. From the threatening of Christian Cooper, an African-American man, in New York City’s Central Park by Amy Cooper, a white woman, over her unleashed dog, to the callous murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis, Minnesota, white police officer, we have been given front row seats … Continue reading True Champions of the Arts Must End Their Silence