Nora is a Project Manager with AMS. She brings to the team a breadth of experience working with multidisciplinary arts organizations, festivals, and arts leaders across North America and globally and a deep-seated belief that the arts play a uniquely powerful role in connecting a thriving community.
Most recently, Nora was the Manager of Programs and Advancement at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) – a global service organization with a membership of over 500 executive and artistic leaders in the performing arts from 55 countries. During her tenure, she worked closely with the Board and CEO to lead ISPA’s leadership development and artistic exchange programs, produce multi-day conferences, and steward government, institutional, and individual funder partnerships. Prior to ISPA, she held various roles with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program, 92nd Street Y, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. She holds a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Management and Economics from McGill University.
What drew you to the arts?
Paris-born (France) but Ottawa-raised (Canada), I was surrounded by outsized cultural offerings wherein the richness of local, national, and international diversity was sewn into the fabric of everyday life. To me, culture was an important reflection of my own identity and a celebration of the diversity of the community at large. This environment, coupled with access to terrific arts education in classical dance, undoubtedly paved my path to a career in the sector.
Where is the greatest opportunity for the sector today?
There is so much opportunity to strengthen the role of the arts and artists in everyday civic life – in dialogue with the communities that surround us. By centering the arts and the leadership of artists in our communities, both locally and globally, I believe our sector is uniquely positioned to effect real and important societal change.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time you can find me on meandering walks around lower Manhattan, reading my way through the Giller Prize nominees for new Canadian fiction, or as a captive audience member at one of the city’s countless stages. Currently, however, I spend much of my spare time running along the East River training for my third half-marathon to take place in Vancouver, Canada, this May.