Michael Alexander

Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture and inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles. From the organization’s very beginning, he set the tone for Grand Performances’ approach to programming, with an eye to serving the entire community. In 2004, then-California State Assembly Speaker Herb J. Wesson appointed Alexander to serve on the California Arts Council. In January, 2007, his colleagues elected him Chair of the Arts Council and re-elected him to a second term in 2008. He was re-appointed for a term through 2012 and continues to serve as immediate past chair. He also serves on numerous nonprofit arts and community service boards where his skills in policy development, government affairs and community relations are regularly put to use. Alexander served as a Center management panelist in 2009.

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Grants & Grantees

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

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.

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

Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.

Grants & Grantees

Matthew Cox, a 2008 Pew Fellow, creates psychologically charged figurative paintings that are technically ambitious as well as visually intriguing.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jan Ramirez has served as chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City since 2006.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James lectures about her residency and introduces her recent projects and ongoing research.

Grants & Grantees

Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.

Questions of Practice

Hong, director of academic affairs and program development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, looks at the opportunities presented by co-authorship through the lens of entrepreneurship.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kent Thompson was named artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company, part of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, in 2005.