Cynthia Mayeda

Cynthia Mayeda has been the deputy director for institutional advancement at the Brooklyn Museum since 1998. Prior to joining the museum staff, Mayeda’s major consulting assignments included service as senior advisor to the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; interim managing director of Crossroads Theatre Company; and acting director of the National Endowment for the Arts dance program. Mayeda continues to accept selected consulting assignments and her clients have included the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Theatre Communications Group; New York Theatre Workshop; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982–94, she worked for the former Dayton Hudson Foundation (now Target), and served as chair from 1990–94. She is a founding board member of Grantmakers in the Arts and a former chair of Women and Philanthropy, the largest affinity group in organized philanthropy. Mayeda is also a founding board member of LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), a 10-year national initiative to improve living and working conditions for United States artists. Mayeda served as the Center’s panel chair in management in 2013 and 2010, and as a management LOI panelist in 2012.


Grants & Grantees

Jenas Osman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Trevor O’Donnell has a long track record of helping theater and arts organizations build larger audiences and earn more revenue through a number of strategies.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James has organized an evening of performances by Colin Self and M. Lamar.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Center-funded School for Advanced Performance Training was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Grants & Grantees

Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming and allow for quality instruction and individualized attention.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.