Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Responds to the Age of Tumult

During the past few weeks, I have been examining how arts and cultural organizations are responding to social injustice and today’s political climate, and how they are utilizing their platforms to #RESIST. In an interview published last month in the Washington Post, Robert Battle, the artistic director of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was asked how artists should respond in the age of political … Continue reading Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Responds to the Age of Tumult

On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Nai-Ni Chen

One of the things I love about my blog is the opportunity to highlight artists and arts administrators who are “storms”—they are fearless,hard workers; they are engaging their audiences; they are building bridges with diverse communities, and they are moving the needle with their creativity. My intention also is to use this platform to explore diversity in the arts so that the cultural mosaic of … Continue reading On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Nai-Ni Chen

Standing up against Injustice amidst the Storm

This past week, prominent representatives of our national arts community stood up against injustice, drawing the line in the sand over President Trump’s remarks about white supremacists, neo-Nazis and protesters in Charlottesville,VA. I was deeply moved by their determination, statements, passion and decisions to act. Like too many people in prominent positions, they could’ve chosen the safety of silence. Instead, artists like 86 year-old dancer, … Continue reading Standing up against Injustice amidst the Storm

On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—the largest museum in the western hemisphere.  Jackson-Dumont is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, the live arts/performance, audience development and academic programs. Her work encompasses a wide range of experiences designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences.   She was formerly the Deputy Director for Education + … Continue reading On the Frontlines of Fighting for Diversity and Inclusion: An Interview with Sandra Jackson-Dumont

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards: Celebrating 20 Years of the Nation’s Best After-School and In-School Arts Programs

   Across the United States, after-school and in-school arts education programs continue to fulfill a vital need for our nation’s youth—from self-discovery and learning new forms of expression to fostering self-confidence and providing them with a safe haven to grow. The NAHYP Awards are given annually to organizations renowned for their efforts to develop high-quality arts and humanities programs for youth. This year’s finalists have … Continue reading National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards: Celebrating 20 Years of the Nation’s Best After-School and In-School Arts Programs

Millennials: Use Your Talents to Protect the Arts

This blog is dedicated to the artists and arts administrators of the Millennial Generation. And it is a call to action. You are standing at the juncture of a new era of civilization or a new era of civil dissolution. Now, more than ever, your passion, enthusiasm, and directed efforts are needed to ensure that arts and culture remain an accessible source of renewal and … Continue reading Millennials: Use Your Talents to Protect the Arts

A New Cultural Diversity Network Emerges on Staten Island

This coming week, a new cultural diversity network will be forged on New York’s Staten Island. Spearheaded by Staten Island Arts’ Executive Director Elizabeth Bennett, close to 40 arts representatives will join forces to launch the Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation Initiative. The goals of this initiative include training to: enable cultural organizations (from emerging to established) to better market their work; build strong relationships … Continue reading A New Cultural Diversity Network Emerges on Staten Island

Envisioning a Creative State

I just returned from my fourth trip to Melbourne, Australia. Why the love affair with Melbourne? The recently released 2016 census figures for Australia demonstrate a growing shift in the population–one in four people living there was born in another country. Immigration impacts every aspect of society, especially the arts, and this data demonstrates why engaging with diverse audience is critical to the future of … Continue reading Envisioning a Creative State

Celebrating the Passions that Dance Can Ignite

When I was 5 years-old, my mother took my twin sister and me to see the Bolshoi Ballet at McCormick Place in Chicago.  I am positive we were the only African Americans in attendance that day, but somehow our mom was forward-thinking and felt her girls needed both the exposure and the experience. Even today, I still recall being pulled in by the dancers; transported … Continue reading Celebrating the Passions that Dance Can Ignite

Nui te Kōrero: New Zealand

Due to the wonders of technology, I recently had the opportunity to be one of the keynote speakers at Creative New Zealand’s Nui te Kōrero: Talking About Diversity Conference, held June 7, 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand. When I first received the invitation, I thought I was being offered the opportunity to go to New Zealand, which has been on my bucket list for many years. … Continue reading Nui te Kōrero: New Zealand