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Performing Arts Administration Workshop Explores the Alchemy of High-performing Arts Organizations of Color

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Left to right: Professor Donna Walker-Kuhne and Dr. Zannie Voss

What are examples of performing arts and community-based arts organizations of color that have financially outperformed others in substantial ways? What strategies were used to achieve this performance? Were there particular contexts or conditions in which these strategies seemed to be more effective?

Donna Walker-Kuhne, Adjunct Professor of Performing Arts Administration, invited Dr. Zannie Voss on February 26, 2021, to talk about the findings of her latest research, The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, Part II: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders of 21 community-based performing arts organizations that identify as primarily serving Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, Arab American or Asian American communities were interviewed for this project.

Professor Walker-Kuhne and Dr. Voss discussed strategies, insights, and advice obtained from successful arts leaders who serve communities of color. The full report can be viewed on The Wallace Foundation’s website.

This event is part of the Performing Arts Administration graduate program’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) for the Arts Workshop Series offered every semester.