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

Virtual 2020 Graduation Ceremonies Still Mark Life-Changing Milestones

I love graduation ceremonies—they mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of something new. However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 graduation ceremonies have shifted from over-flowing auditoriums to maintain physical distancing to online platforms and broadcast television, making them unique beyond imagination. Thankfully, the festivities and memorable instructions from keynote speakers have still helped millions of graduates mark … Continue reading Virtual 2020 Graduation Ceremonies Still Mark Life-Changing Milestones

Navigating the Future of Arts Recovery

After months of navigating the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one thing we know for sure: The way arts and cultural organizations will navigate in the future has totally changed! When and how these changes will manifest is still to be determined. But I am encouraged by the online discussions that are taking place to promote thinking about and planning for what … Continue reading Navigating the Future of Arts Recovery

The Way Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all to rethink how we engage in the arts, provide access and sustain our audiences. For most of us, that means making a transition from our offerings and outreach in a physical space to bringing people together for a shared experience in a digital space. It also means continuing to support our artists, who are the soul and … Continue reading The Way Forward

COVID-19 and the Arts: A Word from Wisconsin

As the COVID-19 “Stay Home/Stay Safe” orders continue throughout most of the nation, I thought it would be important to share with the readers of Arts & Culture Connections the insights and experiences of the Champions of the Arts working on the front lines of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDI&A). This week, I’m sharing a newsletter post from Edward Holmes, Ph.D., who is the … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Arts: A Word from Wisconsin

Learning the Difference between Appreciation and Appropriation from Michelle Heffner Hayes

I was introduced to the work of Michelle Heffner Hayes last year in an article in Dance Magazine. Dr. Hayes is a professor and artist-scholar in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas and she has spent years studying the legacy of cultural appropriation in dance as part of her work. Her interest stems in part from thinking about her own … Continue reading Learning the Difference between Appreciation and Appropriation from Michelle Heffner Hayes

Arts Reach Webinar Focuses on EDIA

Last week, the Association of Arts Management, Marketing & Development Professionals held a webinar where I gave a presentation about the most successful ways to build Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) in arts organizations. I am making the webinar available to all readers of Arts & Culture Connections, which you can find here. I was inspired by the results of a pre-event survey, in … Continue reading Arts Reach Webinar Focuses on EDIA

Another Reason to be Counted: Creating Access to the Arts

I have been learning from a number of different associates that one key way we can create access to the arts is by helping to facilitate participation in the 2020 Census. That’s why I decided to reach out to the readers of Arts & Culture Connection to urge you to participate in and advocate for full participation this year, especially at this critical time. What … Continue reading Another Reason to be Counted: Creating Access to the Arts

Honoring the Deceased and Treasuring the Gifts of Life Amidst the Pandemic

As a result of this COVID-19 global pandemic, thousands of people have died, including many creative geniuses, such as the patriarch of the Marsalis family Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Our hearts are filled with compassion and concern for their families and friends as they face the challenge of honoring their loved ones and navigating the quagmire of loss. At the same time, I continue to be … Continue reading Honoring the Deceased and Treasuring the Gifts of Life Amidst the Pandemic

CI to EYE Podcast Shares Tips for Arts Organizations During Pandemic

During this current global crisis, I find it increasingly important to share perspectives that can help those of us involved in all aspects of the arts to sustain our work and consider opportunities to continue our efforts. I recently was impressed by the CI to EYE podcast interview that Erik Gensler conducted with Brett Egan, president of the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the … Continue reading CI to EYE Podcast Shares Tips for Arts Organizations During Pandemic