First-ever Education and Community Engagement Conference Marks New Era in the Performing Arts

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report that last week the Performing Arts Centers Consortium held its first-ever Education and Community Engagement Conference at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The conference was three days of meetings, dialogues, panel discussions and enriching one-on-one conversations to share and learn from each other about our nationwide efforts, including Canada, to engage various communities with the performing … Continue reading First-ever Education and Community Engagement Conference Marks New Era in the Performing Arts

Investing in the Future of the Arts

October 23, 2021—I believe one of our greatest challenges as arts administrators is to keep our eyes on the present, as well as the future. That’s why I advocate mentorship and teaching as the cornerstones for ensuring that anti-racist organizations aren’t a fad, but rather the bedrock of our nations’ arts and cultural institutions for generations to come. To help shape the future also requires … Continue reading Investing in the Future of the Arts

Using history as a catalyst for community engagement

I was reminded of the power of history during my recent visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC. My soul sisters and I decided to celebrate our June birthdays at this esteemed national monument and treasure trove of the African American experience. Upon arrival, we immediately went to the top floor to peruse the arts, culture and … Continue reading Using history as a catalyst for community engagement

Turning the Spotlight on the Native Arts & Culture Foundation

August 22, 2021—I recently read an insightful blog post written by my long-time friend and colleague John Haworth about the national arts service organization, Native Arts & Culture Foundation (NACF). Established more than a decade ago, NACF supports Indigenous artists, culture bearers, and Native-led arts organizations through fellowships and project funding. And the projects they support run the gamut—from social justice to community engagement. I … Continue reading Turning the Spotlight on the Native Arts & Culture Foundation

Reflections on Teaching for 28 Years at NYU

Photo credit: Nichole Washington August 14, 2022–I got the idea to pitch a course to teach at New York University while working at the Public Theater. NYU was just a block away and it just made sense to offer real-life marketing strategies to college students studying to become arts administrators. I was delighted when the university agreed with my idea. Since 1994, I have taught … Continue reading Reflections on Teaching for 28 Years at NYU

WAKANDA: A CASE STUDY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  Black Panther, the record-breaking Marvel comic-themed movie has changed the way People of Color go to the movies. It’s that simple. The pride, the respect, and the dignity projected in every frame of this film and promoted by the film-making team has made it a game-changer. I’m not just talking about the economic perspective—although Black Panther’s global receipts have exceeded a mind-bending $500 million … Continue reading WAKANDA: A CASE STUDY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

EDIA Services

Our Philosophical Approach Arts and culture build and strengthen communities, support development and contributes to the health and well-being of the global community at large. In order to provide and sustain community engagement and audience development that benefits the needs of diverse constituents, we must follow FOUR CORE PRINCIPALS: EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND ACCESS (E.D.I.+A). Equity, diversity, inclusion and access are not just buzz words, … Continue reading EDIA Services

Montclair Art Museum: A Thoughtful Approach to Community Engagement

The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ, recently organized a community conversation to discuss its upcoming exhibition of the work of artist Kara Walker. Ms. Walker is known for creating complex, multi-layered works that candidly investigate race, gender, sexuality and violence through mural-sized, silhouetted figures. The museum recently acquired Ms. Walker’s 12-foot wall installation, “Virginia Lynch Mob,” and plans to mount an exhibition of several … Continue reading Montclair Art Museum: A Thoughtful Approach to Community Engagement

Exploring the Social Impact of Our Work

Photo credit: Used with permission and Kennedy Center   June 26, 2022—This week I am sharing another Arts Engines videocast—this time with Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Bamuthi is not only the Executive Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact Initiatives at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, he also is a multi-hyphenated artist and a 2017 TED Global Fellow. Bamuthi is one of the … Continue reading Exploring the Social Impact of Our Work

NJ Youth Utilize the Arts to #StopTheHate

Image credit is Visual Arts winner by Camilla G. February 27, 2022—One of the ongoing themes of my work in Community Engagement is the promotion of youth and arts education. The vision of the world that youth express through art is insightful and powerful. That’s why I wanted to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections the opportunity to virtually visit the multimedia … Continue reading NJ Youth Utilize the Arts to #StopTheHate