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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

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

Take A Knee: Now is the time

#TakeAKnee has been dominating the news this past week, and has become the latest frontline of our nation’s culture war. There are many stories intertwined here; but the most important thing for us to remember is this issue is bigger than the NFL and it impacts us all. However, before I discuss the implications, I want to remind everyone how we got here. Former San … Continue reading Take A Knee: Now is the time

Part II: Twenty-years of Success at NJPAC: Celebrating the pioneers who helped make it happen

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and this is the second part of my interview with two of the pioneer performing arts curators, producers, administrators who were instrumental in the development of its programming. I have had the pleasure of knowing both Stephanie Hughley and Baraka Sele for many years. The rich history they shared about their efforts to … Continue reading Part II: Twenty-years of Success at NJPAC: Celebrating the pioneers who helped make it happen

Twenty-years of Success at NJPAC: Celebrating the pioneers who helped make it happen

As the New Jersey Performing Arts Center(NJPAC) prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, I thought it appropriate to interview two of the pioneer performing arts curators, producers, administrators who were instrumental in the development of its programming. I have had the pleasure of knowing both Stephanie Hughley and Baraka Sele for many years. However, I was astounded by the rich history they shared about their … Continue reading Twenty-years of Success at NJPAC: Celebrating the pioneers who helped make it happen

Harlem/Havana Festival: Benefiting the Community through Business, Art and Partnerships

In May, I wrote about my historic trip to Havana as part of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce’s People-to-People Tour of Cuba. In August, GHCC hosted the 2017 Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival as part of the 43rd annual HARLEM WEEK. The event featured international visual and performing artists, as well as fashion, education and culinary exchanges. Cesar Lopez and Habana Ensemble kicked off the jam-packed week with … Continue reading Harlem/Havana Festival: Benefiting the Community through Business, Art and Partnerships

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Responds to the Age of Tumult

During the past few weeks, I have been examining how arts and cultural organizations are responding to social injustice and today’s political climate, and how they are utilizing their platforms to #RESIST. In an interview published last month in the Washington Post, Robert Battle, the artistic director of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was asked how artists should respond in the age of political … Continue reading Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Responds to the Age of Tumult

On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Nai-Ni Chen

One of the things I love about my blog is the opportunity to highlight artists and arts administrators who are “storms”—they are fearless,hard workers; they are engaging their audiences; they are building bridges with diverse communities, and they are moving the needle with their creativity. My intention also is to use this platform to explore diversity in the arts so that the cultural mosaic of … Continue reading On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Nai-Ni Chen

Standing up against Injustice amidst the Storm

This past week, prominent representatives of our national arts community stood up against injustice, drawing the line in the sand over President Trump’s remarks about white supremacists, neo-Nazis and protesters in Charlottesville,VA. I was deeply moved by their determination, statements, passion and decisions to act. Like too many people in prominent positions, they could’ve chosen the safety of silence. Instead, artists like 86 year-old dancer, … Continue reading Standing up against Injustice amidst the Storm

On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—the largest museum in the western hemisphere.  Jackson-Dumont is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, the live arts/performance, audience development and academic programs. Her work encompasses a wide range of experiences designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences.   She was formerly the Deputy Director for Education + … Continue reading On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Sandra Jackson-Dumont