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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

Champion of the Arts: Terri Lee Freeman and the National Civil Rights Museum

I am honored and excited to introduce you to another Champion of the Arts, Terri Lee Freeman, who is building bridges between history and the present through her work as president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Since 2014, Ms. Freeman has been responsible for providing strategic leadership to further the museum’s mission as an educational and cultural institution. Over the last … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Terri Lee Freeman and the National Civil Rights Museum

Newark Arts Festival Partnerships Help “Power the Arts to Transform Lives”

                    Many arts councils throughout the nation are examining how best to connect with their respective communities, especially when their budgets are modest or non-existent. I believe we can all learn a lot from the success of Newark Arts, the 37 year-old, nonprofit organization at the center of the massive and innovative Newark Arts Festival, which … Continue reading Newark Arts Festival Partnerships Help “Power the Arts to Transform Lives”

Museum of Fine Arts-Boston to Hire Director of Inclusion and Launch New Program to Welcome Students

Photo credit – tripadvisor.com A lot has been going on in the Boston arts community in the months since a group of seventh grade students from Dorchester’s Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy experienced the “weep and sting” of racism and harassment from museum patrons and staff during a class trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As I previously shared in an Arts & … Continue reading Museum of Fine Arts-Boston to Hire Director of Inclusion and Launch New Program to Welcome Students

A Global Dialogue: Transforming Cultural Spaces into Citizen Spaces

Photo credit: Biennale webpage art I am happy to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connection a link to the video of a panel discussion I participated in during the Biennale CINARS 2018, which was held in Montreal at the end of last year. The CINARS is one of the most important international showcases and networking events for arts and culture. There were … Continue reading A Global Dialogue: Transforming Cultural Spaces into Citizen Spaces

New Curator Position at The Met Provides More Opportunities for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Photo credit – metmuseum.org Artnet News recently reported that The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is planning to hire its first full-time associate curator of Native North American art in an effort to create “an increasingly robust program of Indigenous American art” throughout its museum. The job description posted on the website of the American Alliance Museums notes that the new curator will be … Continue reading New Curator Position at The Met Provides More Opportunities for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Taking the Lead to Expand Classical Music’s DEI Efforts

Photo Credit: Brian Hatton I recently read an exciting report about a new program sponsored by the Sphinx Organization—it is offering grants to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in the world of classical music as a catalyst for initiatives it hopes will create more opportunities for artists of color. The Sphinx Venture Fund will make available $300,000/year over five years to a handful … Continue reading Taking the Lead to Expand Classical Music’s DEI Efforts

Black Panther – 2 Effect

I know I am among the millions of fans who are besides themselves with glee to learn of the planned May 6, 2022, release date for the sequel to 2018’s iconic  film, “Black Panther!” As I previously shared with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections in a blog about the “Black Panther Effect,” the film’s blockbuster success ($1-billion in 26 days) offers a template … Continue reading Black Panther – 2 Effect

Reflections on Harlem during the 45th Anniversary of HARLEM WEEK

Photo: courtesy of The Apollo the Apollo Theater I recently had the honor and pleasure of participating in a gathering of thought leaders at an Uptown Hall meeting commemorating the 45th Anniversary of HARLEM WEEK to discuss the role of cultural and arts organizations in preserving Harlem’s cultural traditions and advancing change. Produced by L. Adé Williams, this meeting at the world-famous Apollo Theater, was … Continue reading Reflections on Harlem during the 45th Anniversary of HARLEM WEEK

Lessons for Cultural and Arts Organizations: Do You Really Know Your Donors?

I am given the opportunity to review graduate student theses and dissertations. Usually, they are about audience development or diversity, equity and inclusion. However, I recently read a thesis about philanthropy in the African-American community. It was researched and written by Christina E. Dennis, and I thought the existence of her work was important to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections. A … Continue reading Lessons for Cultural and Arts Organizations: Do You Really Know Your Donors?

The Groundbreaking Efforts Required to Extend An Invitation to the Party

I recently was talking with a dear friend and colleague, Voza Rivers, who reminded me of the groundbreaking community engagement work we did together in 2005 for the theatrical production “Tierno Bokar.” The play, which is a true story about the Sufi mystic and the power of tolerance, was written by the multiple Tony- and Emmy-award winning director Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, and based … Continue reading The Groundbreaking Efforts Required to Extend An Invitation to the Party