Music and Performing Arts Professions
Donna Walker-Kuhne is an award-winning thought leader, writer, and strategist for community engagement, audience development, and social justice. She is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30-year-old boutique marketing, and audience development consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $22m in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently, her portfolio includes social justice initiatives and Equity Diversity Inclusion workshops. She is a veteran of over 22 Broadway productions and her nonprofit clients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York State Council on the Arts, and Seattle Theatre Group. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway, a multicultural project that engaged over 900 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater District. She is a lecturer and keynote presenter for international arts conferences in Moscow, Russia; Bloemfontein, South Africa; and Australian Arts Conferences. She is the recipient of 50 awards including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award. Her first book, Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005, and she just completed her second book, Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Engaging Diverse Audiences. She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections, that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences. She received a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
MPAPA-GE 2110 Audience and Community Engagement in Community Arts Organizations