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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

Ford Foundation Reimagines Recovery

June 19, 2022—Last month, the Ford Foundation released a thought-provoking and insightful “playbook” of the Post-COVID-19 landscape. It is a landscape, the playbook says, that “challenges us to realize a bold, hopeful reimagination of our social, economic, political, and governance systems, with equity and interdependence at their core.” I urge the readers Arts & Culture Connections to check out the playbook, which is available for … Continue reading Ford Foundation Reimagines Recovery

Showcasing the Arts at Juneteenth Celebrations

June 12, 2022—It’s time again to celebrate our nation’s true Independence Day—Juneteenth. June 19, 1865, was the date the enslaved people, who resided in Galveston, Texas, were the last to be officially freed more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. While we all know the fight for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Access continues today, I believe it is important that we … Continue reading Showcasing the Arts at Juneteenth Celebrations

Celebrating Another Year Around the Sun

Photo Credit: Nicole Washington June 5, 2022–I am celebrating my birthday today and joyfully welcoming another year around the sun by expressing gratitude: For my beautiful and talented daughter, whom I love and cherish. For my family, for their love, support, and encouragement. For my friends. You all know who you are. You are all precious and so important to me. For my Buddhist practice. … Continue reading Celebrating Another Year Around the Sun

George Floyd continues “To touch the World”

Image credit: Houston Mural by Ange Hillz commissioned by the Floyd family May 29, 2022—Two years ago, the murder of George Floyd ignited global protests and demands for racial justice. Since that time, I have found that there’s been an increase in both the commitment and efforts of arts organizations and cultural institutions to become anti-racist. Not only has my company had a steady stream … Continue reading George Floyd continues “To touch the World”

The Wright’s Neil Barclay Featured on Arts Engine

May 22, 2022—One of the most dynamic and interesting weekly videocast programs that I enjoy watching is Arts Engine, which is hosted by Aaron Dworkin. Aaron is a multi-talented artist and MacArthur Fellow who currently teaches Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship at U of M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He launched the videocast in 2020 to share insights and invaluable advice from arts administrators … Continue reading The Wright’s Neil Barclay Featured on Arts Engine

Black Orchestral Musicians Call for Equity & Inclusion

May 15, 2022—I applaud the actions of the Black members of more than sixty orchestras, who recently launched a “Day of Solidarity” in support of the Black Orchestral Network (BON), which is dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for Black musicians in the orchestral field. BON was founded by seven Black orchestral members—Jennifer Arnold, Alexander Laing, David A. Norville, Joy Payton-Stevens, Shea Scruggs, … Continue reading Black Orchestral Musicians Call for Equity & Inclusion

In Solidarity with LGTBQ+ Youth

May 8, 2022—As I am sure you are aware, there recently has been a nationwide flood of unjust and dehumanizing legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, especially youth. I am proud that the LGBT Employee Resource Group at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center decided to utilize the NJPAC Standing in Solidarity platform to curate a program giving voice to youth who identify as either bisexual, … Continue reading In Solidarity with LGTBQ+ Youth

The viBe Theater Empowers Black Girls through the Arts

 Image credit: Used with permission   May 1, 2022—I am thrilled to introduce the readers of Arts & Culture Connections to the dynamic and passionate Co-Executive Directors of the New York-based viBe Theater Experience—Beryl Ford and Michelan LeMonier. The nonprofit organization, which is 20 years old, facilitates the production of original theater, music and media created and performed by teenaged Black girls, young women, and … Continue reading The viBe Theater Empowers Black Girls through the Arts

A Resource for Black Broadway Successors

April 24, 2022—I recently had the delightful opportunity to be interviewed by Gennean Scott, the Broadway League’s Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, for the podcast, The Black Business of Broadway. The Black Business of Broadway is a bi-monthly, audio program developed to highlight the stories; “how to” steps, as well as the successes of the Black administrators, producers, directors, managers, creatives, and legends of … Continue reading A Resource for Black Broadway Successors

Creating Change 2022: Accountability and Action

April 17, 2022—The Creating Change Network recently held its in-person 2022 Conference to discuss and define what accountability and action mean to the process of building, cultivating and supporting the development of a more equitable, just and anti-racist arts community in New Jersey. As readers of Arts & Culture Connections may recall, the Creating Change Network held its inaugural conference last year. The program was … Continue reading Creating Change 2022: Accountability and Action