André Kimo Stone Guess is an internationally respected leader with more than two decades of combined experience in arts management, finance, and nonprofit executive leadership. As the CEO of GuessWorks, he has worked with many notable arts and culture institutions, foundations and consulting firms, including the William Penn Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York City Opera, AEA Consulting, Helicon Collaborative, Brooklyn Music School, Signature Theatre Company in New York City, the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. Also numbered among his clients are many world-renowned recording artists, including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Darin Atwater, Nicholas Payton, Marc Cary and Todd Williams.
From 2010–12, Guess served as the president and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, a 65,000-square-foot multidisciplinary cultural center in Pittsburgh’s nationally recognized cultural district. From 2000–06, he was vice president, producer, and director of finance and administration of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Prior to his work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he was vice president of the Lincoln Foundation in Louisville, KY, an operating educational foundation providing programming for academically talented, economically disadvantaged youth. He also co-founded the Center for Educational and Social Policy Research at the University of Louisville. Guess served on the Center’s management panels in 2008 and 2009.
FringeArts hired consultants to develop a major gifts campaign that significantly increased individual giving and the FringeArts festival’s major donor pool.
Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.
Cliveden of the National Trust is an 18th-century historic house and the site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown. A National Historic Landmark, Cliveden was the summer home of prominent colonial attorney Benjamin Chew.
Sanford Biggers’ art frequently references African American ethnography, hip-hop music, Buddhism, African spirituality, Indo-European Vodoun, Jazz, Afrofuturism, urban culture, and icons from Americana.
Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization dedicated to the ideal that people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds have a right to experience art.
The Center has awarded $500,000 to Opera Philadelphia, to strengthen the organization’s efforts to respond to the changing nature of its audiences and develop new programs.
Christopher Bursk is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America.
Opera Philadelphia will implement a new business and program model that will feature an annual season-opening, multi-venue festival, launching in fall 2017, supported by new marketing strategies and a broad range of performance offerings designed to draw audiences from both inside and outside the regional metropolitan area.
Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.
In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.
Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.