2016 Symposium attendees

“Our Communities: A Symposium on the Arts”



Hilary Amnah is the Arts Education Coordinator for the Sacramento, California, Metropolitan Arts Commission.


Jennifer Armstrong is the Associate Director of the National Center for Arts Research in Dallas, Texas.


Ramona Baker is Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.


Savannah Barrett of Louisville, Kentucky, is Director of Programs for Art of the Rural.


Caroline Costa Beadle is Artistic Director of Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois.


Roberto Bedoya is Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, California.


Vickie Benson is Arts Program Director for the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Doug Borwick, author, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is CEO of Arts Engaged.


Janet Brown is President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, located in Seattle, Washington.


Anne Brusky is Senior Manager of Public Programs at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


Jane Chu is the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.


William Cleveland is Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community, located on Bainbridge Island, Washington.


E’Vonne Coleman, formerly with the Expansion Arts program of the National Endowment for the Arts, is Chief Operating Officer for the Durham, North Carolina, Convention & Visitors Bureau.


María López De León is the President and CEO of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.


Maryo Gard Ewell is Community Impact Coordinator of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley in Gunnison, Colorado.


Karen Goeschko is Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison, Wisconsin.


Tatiana Hernandez is Arts Director for the Hemera Foundation of Boulder, Colorado.


Anne Katz is the Director of Arts Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.


Clay Lord is Vice President for Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC.


Robert Lynch of Washington, DC, is President & CEO of Americans for the Arts.


Diane Mataraza is President of Mataraza Consulting in St. Augustine, Florida, and was formerly the Director of the Locals Program for the National Endowment for the Arts.


Gerard McKenna of Estero, Florida, is emeritus Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Mitch Menchaca of Los Angeles, California, is Executive Director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.


David O’Fallon is President & CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center of St. Paul, Minnesota.


Denise Roberts McKee is the Executive Director of the Racine, Wisconsin, Arts Council.


Michael Rohd is Founding Artistic Director of Sojourn Theatre, and Director of the Center for Performance & Civic Practice in Tempe, Arizona.


Barbara Schaffer Bacon of Belchertown, Massachusetts, is co-director of Animating Democracy at Americans for the Arts.


Rosy Simas, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based performer and experimental dance maker.


Barbara Strauss is Catalogue Project Manager of the library at the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Erik Takeshita is Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Harv Thompson is emeritus Director of Continuing Education in Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Carlton Turner is Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS in Atlanta, Georgia.


George Tzougros is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison, Wisconsin.


Roseann Weiss is Director of Artist & Community Initiatives at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, Missouri.


Ginger White Brunetti is Deputy Director for Arts and Venues Denver, Colorado.


Laura Zabel is Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.