2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas

Turning the Ship Around

New Twin Cities Arts Leaders Respond to a Changing Landscape

Tuesday, October 18, 2:00pm – 4:30pm*

Penumbra Theatre

Organized and moderated by Susan Feder, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Presented by Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director, Penumbra Theatre; Joseph Haj, Artistic Director, Guthrie Theatre; Jon Limbacher, Managing Director and President, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Ryan Taylor, President & General Director, Minnesota Opera.

Recent turnover at leading Twin Cities arts organizations has brought on new leaders facing challenges of institutional relevancy in the twenty-first century. This session will explore these questions: How are they dealing with issues of succeeding long-term leaders, generational change, and diversifying staffs, boards, and programming? What unexpected opportunities are they encountering? To what extent are they collaborators or competitors? What strategies are they employing to get to know and demonstrate their value to their communities, overcome the challenges they have inherited, and achieve healthy levels of capitalization?

This session will be held at Penumbra Theatre.

*Off-site session schedule: