André Kimo Stone Guess

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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Billy Dufala is the co-founder of RAIR and a Philadelphia-based artist engaged in a variety of creative disciplines, including sculpture, performance, digital media, and drawing.

In December 2012, the Center welcomed Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, who introduced the findings of a new report, “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies.”

Nichole Canuso Dance Company is building an internal fundraising structure that can grow or contract as the scope of the company’s projects changes with each year.

Grants & Grantees

“I’m interested in the landscape for political reasons, environmental reasons…things that have to do with us and our society right now,” says painter and 2008 Pew Fellow Mauro Zamora.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is a service organization that represents the interests of 400 arts, culture, and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.

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.

The Pennsylvania Ballet acquired William Forsythe’s contemporary dance masterpiece In the middle, somewhat elevated.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, will give a curatorial lecture regarding her interest in collectivism and the contemporary collaborative urban performance art context in East Coast cities.

Grants & Grantees

The Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 2006, Kinshasha Holman Conwill has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, scheduled to open in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia brings music education into schools throughout the Philadelphia region, with over 100 teaching artists presenting over 700 programs each year.