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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: Ginny Louloudes Working to Advance DE&I in New York’s Theatre World

Photo credit courtesy of Ginny Louloudes I recently had the opportunity to interview Virginia (Ginny) Louloudes for Arts & Culture Connections. Ginny is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which is the service and advocacy organization for New York City’s 400-plus nonprofit theatres. I met Ginny more than 20 years ago and was immediately impressed with her commitment to … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Ginny Louloudes Working to Advance DE&I in New York’s Theatre World

Champion of the Arts: Sandra Jackson-Dumont to Lead Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

I was thrilled to read in ArtNews and Culture Type that Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Chairman of Education for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), has been chosen after an international search to be the Director and CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The new museum, which is under construction in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, is scheduled to open in 2021. … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Sandra Jackson-Dumont to Lead Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Champion of the Arts: First-time MoMA exhibition for 93 year-old Betye Saar

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) re-opened October 21, 2019, and among its exhibitions is the work of 93 year-old artist Betye Saar, who is known for her assemblage and collage works that encompass African-American identity, female empowerment, global culture, mysticism, personal history and racism. This is MoMA’s first exhibition of Ms. Saar’s work, which has spanned more than six decades. It … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: First-time MoMA exhibition for 93 year-old Betye Saar

The Hunters Point Library: A Work of Art and A Community Gathering Place

The Borough of Queens, New York, was recently abuzz with excitement about the grand opening of the Hunters Point Library, a building that has been cited by the New York Times as “one of the finest and most uplifting public buildings New York has produced so far this century.” Offering breath-taking views of the Manhattan skyline from its perch on the East River, this new … Continue reading The Hunters Point Library: A Work of Art and A Community Gathering Place

Black Classical Composers Making News; Now Activate the Audiences

I have received numerous inquiries from leaders of the classical music field to support their efforts to cultivate and develop audiences of color. My first response is to encourage them to think about their programming–until they begin to diversify their offerings, everything else is a gesture. That is why I was thrilled to read recent published reports about the breaking down of century-old barriers by … Continue reading Black Classical Composers Making News; Now Activate the Audiences

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