Kinshasha Holman Conwill has more than 35 years of experience in arts and museum management. Since 2006, she has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution’s nineteenth and newest museum, scheduled to open in 2015. In this position, Conwill is engaged in fulfilling the museum’s vision by cultivating fundraising and membership campaign efforts, fostering external partnerships, expanding the museum’s collection, developing exhibitions and public programs, supervising building design and construction and administering the museum’s daily operations.
Formerly an arts, museum, and management consultant, her projects included serving as a senior policy advisor for the Museums & Community Initiative of the American Association of Museums and project director for the New York City Creative Communities Leveraging Investments in Creativity program. From 1988–99 she was director of the Studio Museum in Harlem after joining the museum in 1980 as deputy director. She also has served as assistant exhibit coordinator for the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, worked as coordinator of activities for the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, and taught art in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Among other roles, she has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and on advisory and grant committees for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Conwill served as a Center management panelist in 2011.
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.
As artistic director of Philadelphia’s Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Lewyckyj oversees performances that combine Ukrainian and American dance aesthetics.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Lecoq-trained theater artist and 2006 Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle is dedicated to the sublime ridiculous.
The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and leading centers of science education in the US.
Since 1993, Headlong Dance Theater has created over 40 works under the leadership of founders David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science assembled an advisory group to research partnerships with higher education institutions to respond to growing demand from students for access to its resources.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”
Andrew McIntyre, a co-founder of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on audience motivation, behavior and response.
James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.
Michael Maso has led the Huntington Theatre Company’s administrative and financial operations since 1982, producing more than 180 plays in partnership with three artistic directors.
In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.