First row, left to right: Achia Floyd, Atlanta Music Project,Atlanta, GA; Dacquiri Baptiste, Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN; Faustina Brooks, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Second row, left to right: Jennifer Tsukayama, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ; Marisol Sanchez-Best, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, WA; Tania Palkhivala, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando, FL
AMS congratulates Live Arts Centers of North America’s (LACNA) on the inaugural year of its BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program. Responding to the challenges of structural racism in performing arts institutions across the U.S. and Canada, a coalition of more than 50 of the largest performing arts centers in both countries, and the LACNA Foundation announced the launch of the BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program. Supported by AMS Planning & Research Corp., NAS, and Stanford University, this first-of-its-kind program is designed to accelerate the development of management and leadership skills among qualified mid-career BIPOC professionals and provide them with a pathway to pursue executive positions in the two nations’ most significant cultural institutions.
The AMS team is honored to support the launch of this significant achievement as we work with our industry colleagues to change the face of arts leadership to reflect the world in which we serve. We believe that people are our sector’s greatest assets. As such, this program is designed to bring forth the knowledge, skills, creativity, and experiences that augment the value of arts and cultural institutions within communities.