Cora Mirikitani

Cora Mirikitani is the president and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists. Her extensive career in the arts includes more than 10 years in philanthropy as program officer for culture at The Pew Charitable Trusts and later as senior program director at the James Irvine Foundation, in charge of their arts program and Innovation Fund. She has also held key leadership positions as an arts administrator and presenter, as CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, Director of Performing Arts and Film at the Japan Society in New York, and Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. In addition to working as a consultant to foundations and nonprofit arts organizations, Mirikitani has been a lecturer, writer, and advisor on numerous arts funding, policy, and advisory panels and boards during her career. She served on the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) and chaired the 1999 GIA Conference held in San Francisco. She was appointed as a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council for the Arts in 2004 and now serves on the Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Council. Cora has also participated on many national and international advisory committees including the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan program in the United States and the American Assembly. She was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters from 2003–07, and was the recipient of a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellowship award for 2008–09. Mirikitani served as the Center’s management panel chair in 2011 and as a panelist in 2010.


The Conservation Center for Arts & Historic Artifacts is one of the country’s largest non-profit conservation labs.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rebecca Taichman is an Obie Award-winning theater director, whose work has been presented at theaters across the country, including American Repertory Theater, Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Old Globe, and ACT.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project will undergo a major organizational restructuring and launch the Folklore Congress, an annual event that serves over 300 members of the folk arts community.

Member-run artist collective Vox Populi will launch a curatorial fellowship program dedicated to performance art, hosting five curatorial fellows in total over a period of two years.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tacita Dean is esteemed for her drawings, photographs, prints, and sound works. In early 2013, her new film, JG, was on view at the Arcadia University Art Gallery.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

May Adrales is in demand as a freelance director, based in New York City. Her recent work includes world premieres at some of our country’s leading theaters.

Vox Populi and AUX Performance Space will host Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation, organized by AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.

Pig Iron Theatre Company undertook an investigation of Shakespeare’s famous play, leading to a fully-staged production of the play at the 2011 FringeArts Festival.

Grants & Grantees

Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents artist talks from Jeanine Oleson and Jaimie Warren, the fourth program in the “Schmart World” series.