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ArtChangeUS@SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras

Washington Performing Arts
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April 10, 2018 3pm-5pm
Kennedy Center African Lounge

ArtChangeUS@SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras will bring together a stellar group of artist leaders to advance diversity and cultural equity issues in the orchestral and larger arts field. The Forum will start with Ted-style presentations by artists and cultural organizers who are boldly transforming the arts, including Alison Carey, Director of American Revolutions, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra; Lee Koonce, President and Artistic Director, Gateways Music Festivals; Eun Lee, Founder of The Dream Unfinished Orchestra; Ian David Moss, Founder and CEO, Create Equity; and Francisco Nunez, Artistic Director and Founder, Young People’s Chorus of New York City. National respondents will include Gary Ginstling, Executive Director, National Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Laing, Principal Clarinet, Phoenix Symphony; David Alan Miller, Music Director, Albany Symphony; and Ravi Rajan, President, California Institute of the Arts. Garrett McQueen, WUOT Knoxville radio host and Second Bassoonist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will serve as the interlocutor.

The Forum will engage much-needed questions about the universal challenges facing orchestras as the audience landscape changes, communities call out for more engagement from their non-profits, and the art form seeks its place amidst the currents of contemporary American life. It will explore innovative practices and ideas in the orchestral field in response to America’s changing demographics, including how communities are engaged through artistic programming, how future-focused orchestras are becoming more inclusive – on stage and in their leadership - and how new strategies and pipelines are reshaping orchestras and institutions.

ArtChangeUS@SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras is curated by Arts in a Changing America based out of the California Institute of the Arts. ArtChangeUS has created a national network of artists, idea producers, and organizations that bring catalytic leadership voices to the forefront of social discourse, arts production, and community change. The Forum is part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, a collaboration between the Classical Music and New Music Programs at the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts. The Shift Festival celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.