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ISSN # 2168-3301fall 2012 | Volume 25, No. 2

SphinxCon: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Arts

February 15–17, 2013
Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan

The Sphinx Organization will present SphinxCon to bring together leaders from all disciplines of the performing arts to share ideas, challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the pursuit of increased diversity in all aspects of the performing arts. Organizations will share challenges and interests in diversity, whether it be engaging diverse audiences, building diversity among program participants, or supporting the structural work organizations are doing to create diversity in the arts.

Featured Presenters

Monica Hairston O’Connell, Executive Director
Center for Black Music Research*
Artists Make Archives Make Artists: Why We Must Move beyond Simple Support towards Deep Collaboration

Ann Meier Baker, President and CEO
Chorus America*
The Chorus as Catalyst: Connecting Communities through Song

Marshall Marcus, Founder
Sistema Europe; Sistema Africa
El Sistema: Lessons in Diversity and Globalisation

Amy Fitterer, Executive Director
Dance USA*
Serving the Diverse Dance Landscape

Michael Simanga, Executive Director
National Black Arts Festival*
The Creative Spirit: Transforming Self and Society

Additional Speakers

  • Horst Abraham, Paragon
  • David Baile, International Society for the Performing Arts*
  • John Bracey, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs*
  • Janet Brown, Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Berta Cea, U.S. Embassy—Mexico
  • Maria de Leon, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture*
  • Aaron Dworkin, Sphinx Organization
  • Teresa Eyring, Theatre Communications Group*
  • Ken Fischer, UMS at University of Michigan
  • Mario Garcia Durham, Performing Arts Presenters
  • Chris Genteel, Google
  • Sandra Gibson, Sandra Gibson Consulting
  • Jonathan Herman, National Guild for Community Arts Education*
  • Jim Hirsch, Chicago Sinfonietta
  • Andrea Hoffman, Diversity Affluence
  • Paul Hogle, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Maria Jackson, Kresge Foundation
  • Michael Kaiser, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Barbara Lewis, Trotter Institute, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America*
  • Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts*
  • Toni-Marie Montgomery, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
  • Chris Mueller, Innovatrium
  • Jesse Rosen, League of American Orchestras*
  • Daniel Roumain, DBR Productions
  • Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation*
  • Shirley Stancato, New Detroit
  • MK Wegman, National Performance Network*
  • Jawole Zollar, Urban Bush Women

You may join the conversation by registering for SphinxCon.

*Founding members of the SphinxCon initiative.

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