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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Collaborators & Colleagues

Francesca Herndon-Consagra is the senior curator of prints and drawings and European paintings at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents the work of video artist and activist Jenny Drumgoole, the fifth program in the “Schmart World” series.

Grants & Grantees

The Arden Theatre Company launched a playwright residency program that gives audiences behind-the-scenes access to the creative process of a theater production.

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

Grants & Grantees

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathy Bateson is the president and CEO of the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation’s participatory program for high school students generates discussion and thinking about the history of science and technology as it relates to contemporary life.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jenny-Sayre Ramberg is the Director of Planning and Design, Exhibits/Design, at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. In 2015, she served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

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.