My 2020 List of Champions of the Arts

December 27, 2020—Throughout 2020, I have been keenly aware of the significant efforts by several Champions of the Arts to fight for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDI&A) despite the three pandemics our entire nation has been experiencing (COVID-19, racial injustice, and political divide). As we close out the year, I have chosen to highlight for the readers of Arts &Culture Connections three organizations and … Continue reading My 2020 List of Champions of the Arts

47 Champions of the Arts Rise to the Top

CultureType, the blog that explores the arts by and about people of African descent, has released its 4th annual global list of Black Curators and Arts Leaders. The 2019 list profiles 47 men and women who have “first-ever” responsibility in the world of visual arts and culture. I urge you spend time reading this post about these phenomenal people, who have extraordinary backgrounds and have … Continue reading 47 Champions of the Arts Rise to the Top

True Champions of the Arts Must End Their Silence

It is challenging for me to process the intensifying domino effect of this past week’s painful and world-rocking events. From the threatening of Christian Cooper, an African-American man, in New York City’s Central Park by Amy Cooper, a white woman, over her unleashed dog, to the callous murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis, Minnesota, white police officer, we have been given front row seats … Continue reading True Champions of the Arts Must End Their Silence

Champions of the Arts Emerge As the Pioneers of a Better Age

Like many of you, I have been saddened by the postponements of openings, cancellations of performances and closings of venues due to the necessary concerns about the public health consequences of transmitting COVID-19. I have been especially concerned about the artists, production crews, staff and venue operators deeply impacted by the recommended social distancing needed to protect people from the virus. At this point, the … Continue reading Champions of the Arts Emerge As the Pioneers of a Better Age

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 Lucas Museum is currently under construction in LA. Ms. Jackson-Dumont will begin her new post in January 2020. Readers of … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Sandra Jackson-Dumont to Lead Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Champion of the Arts: Nina Simon Pries Open the Doors

When Nina Simon walked into the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) as its newly appointed executive director in 2011, the museum had $16-thousand in the bank; $36-thousand dollars in unpaid bills and no philanthropist in the wings ready to write a big check. Although the museum had been in its location for 20 years, she said people remembered the building as a … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Nina Simon Pries Open the Doors

Champion of the Arts: Leading Cultural Strategist Durrell Cooper Forges New Pathways to ‘Flow’ in the Arts

It’s exciting to witness the emergence of younger Champions of the Arts, who are carving their own pathways and forging new ways to contribute to the dialogue about diversity, equity, inclusion and access to the arts. I am honored to introduce the readers of Arts & Culture Connections to Durrell Cooper. Mr. Cooper is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Innovation Group, LLC, … Continue reading Champion of the Arts: Leading Cultural Strategist Durrell Cooper Forges New Pathways to ‘Flow’ in the Arts

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

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: 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