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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

Sharing Culture to Build Friendship and Unity A Conversation with 19-year-old Julia Wijesinghe, founder of the Sri Lankan Museum

  I first met Julia Wijesinghe, the founder of the Sri Lankan Museum, through my company’s work with Staten Island Arts. The Sri Lankan Museum is one of Staten Island Arts’ constituent organizations. Julia’s personal experience growing up in New York City was the catalyst for the museum’s establishment. She said: “Sometimes strangers would say, ‘You must be from India.’ But I tell them I’m … Continue reading Sharing Culture to Build Friendship and Unity A Conversation with 19-year-old Julia Wijesinghe, founder of the Sri Lankan Museum

Kibibi Ajanku and the Urban Arts Leadership Program: Opening the Doors for Future Arts Administrators

In October, I was invited to give a keynote address and speak to participants of The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) in Baltimore about my marketing and audience development business. The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) is an example of change in action. A program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), UALP is a fellowship program designed to increase diversity in the management of … Continue reading Kibibi Ajanku and the Urban Arts Leadership Program: Opening the Doors for Future Arts Administrators

Mikki Shepard: “Activist on a Mission” Part 3

This week’s Arts & Culture Connections Blog is the final portion of my interview with Mikki Shepard, an independent arts consultant and writer about her work in the arts field. You will find a link to Parts 1 and 2 at the end of this posting. I have had the privilege of knowing Mikki since the beginning of my career as an arts administrator, and … Continue reading Mikki Shepard: “Activist on a Mission” Part 3

Mikki Shepard: “Activist on a Mission” Part 2

  This week’s Arts & Culture Connections Blog is a continuation of last week’s interview with Mikki Shepard, an independent arts consultant and writer about her work in the arts field. You will find a link to Part 1 at the end of this posting. I have had the privilege of knowing Mikki since the beginning of my career as an arts administrator, and she … Continue reading Mikki Shepard: “Activist on a Mission” Part 2

Mikki Shepard: Arts Activist on a Mission (Part 1)

  This week’s Arts & Culture Connection Blog features Part 1 of an interview I conducted with Mikki Shepard, an independent arts consultant and a writer, about her work in the arts field. Mikki joined the Apollo Theater in 2006 as a consultant and was the Executive Producer from 2009 – 2016. As a member of the executive staff leadership, she built and implemented a … Continue reading Mikki Shepard: Arts Activist on a Mission (Part 1)

Current Voices of Diversity & Inclusion

Since the inception of this blog, I have sought to share the experiences and insights of several leading voices of Diversity & Inclusion in the arts. This week, I’m sharing key points from each of the interviews I have conducted for Arts & Culture Connections with John Haworth, recently retired from the National American Indian Museum; Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose … Continue reading Current Voices of Diversity & Inclusion

Part II: On the Path to Transforming the Landscape of the Arts; An Interview with Michael Robertson

This is Part II of my interview with Michael Robertson, an arts manager, artist advocate, organizational consultant and facilitator dedicated to fostering conversations, supporting training, and promoting systemic change locally, regionally, and nationally around issues of equity, access, and inclusion. Michael served as the Managing Director of The Lark for 11 years, where he oversaw finance, fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, and co-led equity, access, … Continue reading Part II: On the Path to Transforming the Landscape of the Arts; An Interview with Michael Robertson

On the Path to Transforming the Landscape of the Arts; An Interview with Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is an arts manager, artist advocate, organizational consultant and facilitator dedicated to fostering conversations, supporting training, and promoting systemic change locally, regionally, and nationally around issues of equity, access, and inclusion. For the past 11 years Michael served as the Managing Director of The Lark, an international theater laboratory based in New York City, where he oversaw finance, fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, … Continue reading On the Path to Transforming the Landscape of the Arts; An Interview with Michael Robertson

Here’s to the next 10 years of Bite the Big Apple: An Interview with Fotis Kapetopolous

  In April of this year, I wrote a blog about the program Bite the Big Apple (BTBA), an international, joint venture between my company, Walker International Communications Group, based in New York, and Kape Communications Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, Australia. We just concluded our 10th tour of New York by Australian arts administrators. Participants flew close to 10,000 miles(!) and endured a 12-15-hour … Continue reading Here’s to the next 10 years of Bite the Big Apple: An Interview with Fotis Kapetopolous

For the love of Arthur Mitchell

I had an incredible opportunity last week to reminisce about the nine years I worked at Dance Theatre of Harlem while attending a program at Columbia University that celebrated the legacy and ground-breaking contributions to the field of dance by DTH founder Arthur Mitchell. Sponsored by the university’s Columbia College Student Council, “An Informal Performance on the Art of Dance” also commemorated the donation of … Continue reading For the love of Arthur Mitchell