Sticky post

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

Virtual Action Summit Looks at “What’s Next?”

November 29, 2020—I recently was invited to moderate a discussion with thought leaders representing the nonprofit arts sector and the Broadway industry about the future of the arts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Convened by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the theme of the Virtual Action Summit was “Arts, Culture and Beyond: What’s Next?”. It was interesting to hear the participants share … Continue reading Virtual Action Summit Looks at “What’s Next?”

The Newark Arts Festival’s Bold Leap to Virtual Platform

November 22, 2020—Last month, the Newark Arts Festival boldly took the leap to the virtual platform, holding its annual three-day event online. It was a major undertaking, and I believe the readers of Arts & Culture Connections can benefit from some of the behind-the-scenes insights Marcy DePina has to share. Marcy is the President of the Board of Directors for Newark Arts, and rolled up … Continue reading The Newark Arts Festival’s Bold Leap to Virtual Platform

Insights for Leading During Chaotic Times

November 15, 2020:  Capacity Interactive recently held its Boot Camp 2020 to examine the most pressing issues facing the arts today. This year, due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two-day event was virtual, bringing together arts leaders to explore a broad array of issues, including rethinking how to connect to audiences; digital platform programming; equity and inclusion, leadership and wellness. One … Continue reading Insights for Leading During Chaotic Times

Moral Leadership and EDIA in the Performing Arts

November 8, 2020—This week, I am delighted to share a presentation by Tobie Stein, Ph.D., who recently spoke at one of my workshops. Her presentation, which was titled “Moral Leadership and EDIA in the Performing Arts,” was insightful, instructive, and powerful. I sought Tobie’s permission to share excerpts from it with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections so that you also can engage in … Continue reading Moral Leadership and EDIA in the Performing Arts

In Tribute to Mom’s Passion for Life

November 1, 2020—Two days ago, my mom, Theresia Walker, transcended this lifetime, a couple of months shy of her 97th birthday. I knew my mom was leaving; I felt her saying goodbye as I recited my morning prayers. I firmly believe she was welcomed by our ancestors with such loving arms, and she is now sailing along the path to her next mission. While I … Continue reading In Tribute to Mom’s Passion for Life

Investment in EDI& Program Is Paying Off on Staten Island

October 25, 2020 — I am pleased to share with the readers of Arts & Cultural Connections the results of our three-year journey with Staten Island Arts (SIA) and its Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation Initiative. You’ll find the details in an article published in a recent issue of GIA Reader, a publication of Grantsmakers in the Arts (GIA), which was written by SIA Executive … Continue reading Investment in EDI& Program Is Paying Off on Staten Island

The State of the Arts: 2020

October 18, 2020: I was delighted to join my colleague, Erik Gensler, founder of Capacity Interactive, and two other thought leaders for a recent podcast episode to discuss the state of the arts in 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the issues of systemic racism and social injustice further highlighted by the murder of George Floyd. Erik put together this discussion for “CI … Continue reading The State of the Arts: 2020

Looking Within to Fund EDI&A Initiatives

October 11, 2020—Scores of arts and cultural institutions this year have been reaffirming their commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDI&A) initiatives, and I have been documenting the planning, strategies and action steps being proposed. One of the major constraints consistently mentioned is the lack of financial resources to fund their proposed efforts. However, some institutions are taking bold steps; they are looking internally … Continue reading Looking Within to Fund EDI&A Initiatives

America’s Cultural Treasures: POC Arts Organizations to Receive Grants

 I was excited and thrilled to recently read in the Washington Post about the Ford Foundation’s announcement that it has partnered with several foundations and major donors to make available millions of dollars in unrestricted national and regional grants to arts organizations in the communities of People of Color (PoC)! The grants are part of a still-expanding campaign called “America’s Cultural Treasures,” which was initiated … Continue reading America’s Cultural Treasures: POC Arts Organizations to Receive Grants

Virtual Screening and Panel Draws Thousands to Honor the Life and Work of Rep. John Lewis

This past Monday, I was among the thousands of people nationwide who participated in the virtual watch party and interactive, online panel discussion about Good Trouble, the documentary that showcases the phenomenal history and life’s work of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis. Directed by Dawn Porter, the documentary is both riveting and humanistic. As I watched the film, I fell in love with John … Continue reading Virtual Screening and Panel Draws Thousands to Honor the Life and Work of Rep. John Lewis