How does the Coalition operate?
The Coalition is a flexible “network” rather than a stand-alone nonprofit organization. The Regional Arts Organization, South Arts, serves as the Coalition’s fiscal agent and administrative base of operations. The Coalition seeks project and other funding support from foundations, public sector partners like NEA, and annual contributions from Steering Committee members (based on their capacity and circumstances). The Steering Committee is elected on a rotating basis and is chaired by two members. The Coalition meets (phone and/or video conferencing) monthly (or as needed). There are Working Groups involving Committee and at-large members that are convened as needed. There are two in-person meetings per year in conjunction with the APAP Conference and/or Grantmakers in the Arts conference.
The Coalition is governed by a Steering Committee of individuals and organizational representatives, who bring a diverse range of perspectives, resources and experiences to serve the needs and interests of artists and the arts/cultural sector at large. The Coalition’s definition of diversity is broad-based including: racial/ethnic, geographic, gender, diversity of artistic disciplines, of arts organizational size and type as well as individual artist perspective, for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS
Grantmakers in the Arts, Eddie Torres, President and CEO
The Actors Fund, Co-Chair Barbara Davis, COO
Americans for the Arts, Co-Chair Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services
CERF+, Cornelia Carey, Executive Director and Meg Ostrum, Director of Special Programs
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kay Takeda, Senior Director of Artist Programs
MusiCares, Debbie Carroll, Senior Executive Director and Jennifer Leff, Senior Director
National Endowment for the Arts, Tom Simplot, Senior Advisor and Andi Mathis, State & Regional Specialist
National Performance Network, Stephanie Atkins, Director of Local Programs
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Pam Breaux, Executive Director
Performing Arts Readiness Project, Tom Clareson, Director
Amy Schwartzman, Independent Member
Ted Berger, Independent Member
South Arts / ArtsReady, Susie Surkamer, Executive Director, South Arts and Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Director, ArtsReady, Deputy Director, South Arts