Arts and Culture Connections wishes you a very happy holiday season. Thank you for your support and interest in advancing access to the arts. A wonderful gift to give is to share an arts experience in your community and contribute to an arts organization. With much appreciation, Donna Continue reading Happy Holidays!
I am always thrilled to share information about significant funding allocated to the arts, especially resources for building infrastructure and advancing the mission of arts organizations or cultural institutions. That’s why I’m delighted to share the news with my Arts and Culture Connection readers that the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and with support from … Continue reading Grants Bolster the Sustainability of Five Black Dance Companies
I recently had the honor of interviewing Skawennati for Arts and Culture Connections.We met at the biennial Conference for International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS), which was held last month in Montreal. We were both on a panel that explored how cultural spaces can become real citizen spaces. Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Her groundbreaking new media projects are … Continue reading An Interview with Skawennati: A New Frontier to Create Access to Arts and Culture
The fervor of the U.S. midterm election has finally died down. However, the one thing that has not changed as the result of the millions of ballots cast is our nation’s deep class, racial, social and cultural divisions. As a matter of fact, according to a report compiled by the FBI, hate crime in America has had its biggest spike since September 11, 2001. As … Continue reading What Will It Take to Foster Change?
I am pleased to provide an update on Staten Island Arts’ Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation Initiative, which I first blogged about in June 2017. The two-year initiative, which was the dream of SIA’s Executive Director Elizabeth Bennett, is working with 10 local arts organizations. The goal of the initiative is to develop new strategies for audience development that incorporate the needs and interests of Staten … Continue reading Highlights from the Staten Island Arts’ Expanding Audiences Initiative
I recently wrote a blog about the value of sponsoring an Open House as a way to activate arts and performance spaces and invite audiences to taste—sample your programs. This week I am paying homage to the value of pre-performance experiences that benefit the venue, the artists and the community. New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) launched its PRELUDES program nearly 20 years ago. In … Continue reading A PRELUDE to Something Greater
I recently had the pleasure and honor to serve as host for the Sunday Matinee at Dance Theatre of Harlem. The matinee is the company’s Open House—an open invitation to its neighbors and potential new audience members. It offers participants the opportunity to visit the DTH school and experience the legacy of the company’s late founder Arthur Mitchell, as well as experience and enjoy performances … Continue reading Open Your House To Welcome New Audiences
This week, I have invited Alia Gabres to serve as the guest writer for my Arts & Culture Connections blog. I first met Alia five years ago when she participated in Bite the Big Apple, an international, joint venture between my company, Walker International Communications Group, based in New York, and Kape Communications Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, Australia. Bite The Big Apple was established more … Continue reading Alia Gabres: An Up-and-Coming Powerhouse with a Global Footprint
I was a keynote speaker last week as part of the Tennessee Presenters Arts Conversation 18 Conference. Tennessee Presenters is a professional association of performing arts presenting organizations throughout the state. They work together to strengthen the quality and scope of performing arts; to cultivate business relationships and develop cooperative ventures to achieve goals. While many of the attendees were presenters, there also … Continue reading Awakening Talent Agents to Their Role in Creating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Twenty-years ago, I worked on a project with Isisara Bey and Monique Martin, both expert marketers, producers and dynamic corporate executives. Isisara asked us to provide marketing support for Sarah Jones, a then-emerging spoken word artist. Isisara was an executive at Sony BMG Music and, based on our experience and expertise, she extended an invitation to Monique and me to join her at a meeting … Continue reading Celebrating 20 years of Sapphire and the Creation of a Supportive Community