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Virtual presentation & moderated Q&A
Author & Founder of Walker International Communications Group Inc.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
6:45 pm - Pre-presentation meeting & information
7:00 pm - Speaker presentation
Admission is free with a pay-what-you-can option to help defray costs of the event
Each pass is good for one device
Re-imagine how arts organizations can present experiences that are accessible to today's diverse audiences and respond to today's needs. Guest speaker, Donna Walker-Kuhne will share highlights of successful social justice programs which are grounded in the arts and community engagement.
Award-winning arts marketing consultant Donna Walker-Kuhne is the country’s go-to expert on creating multicultural audiences. Widely recognized as the author of the groundbreaking Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community (Theater Communications Group, 2005), she follows up that title with Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Engaging Diverse Audiences.
Walker-Kuhne’s latest book is an essential how-to for organizations to engage diverse communities through thoughtful campaigns and meaningful partnerships. The author draws on years of experience in cultivating and sustaining new audiences, and has interpreted her strategies for arts leaders here and abroad, including Australia, South Africa, and Russia.
The Founding President of Walker International Communications Group, Walker-Kuhne is a dynamic lecturer and innovator who shares her expertise with clients representing events from intimate gallery productions to Broadway hits and feature films. She was named the nation’s foremost expert in audience development by the Arts & Business Council and serves the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as Senior Advisor for Community Engagement. She has raised more than $23 million in earned income by promoting the arts to multicultural communities.
Walker-Kuhne is the recipient of over 50 awards, proclamations, and citations including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award, the 2019 SPAA Award for Community Service from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration/Newark, the 2018 Support of Dance Award from Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and 2015 Community Service Award from Women in Media.
Following the presentation and moderated Q&A, join us for the post-presentation panel discussion about the role creative expression and the arts are playing at this critical time right here in southwestern Michigan.
Scheduled panelists are: