Culture at its most meaningful is personal and collective interaction with ourselves, through the filter of the artists we empower to provide this vital service. It is a mirror to our existence, a contextual sound- and film-track to our lives, and an expression of our deepest aspirations.
My lifelong service to the connection between people and culture therefore is really as connector, organizer and translator between people in the creation and consumption of artistic expression in a never ending culture loop I consider to be at the essence of what it means to be human.
The forms this has taken range considerably: creating multi-nation tours and a globally-distributed recording of a Kenyan youth choir, programming unexpected artists in the world’s most famous toy store in the heart of New York City, rejuvenating and establishing dynamic programming for a fabulous old theater in northern Vermont, guiding the world’s most famous mime though the last decade of his career, producing festivals of Japanese artists at the renowned Carnegie Hall, and sharing the unique culture of Louisiana with thousands of Russian citizens. Further, it involves conveying knowledge and experience to the next generation of arts administrators through teaching and writing.
The tools used involve commercial participants and non-profits, individual and organizational partners, and funders as appropriate to achieve the goals.. What matters most are the planning and execution, the integrity and spirit of the process, and the beneficial community impact.