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Friday, May 8 • 9:30am - 11:00am
General Session: Reshaping Arts Organizations

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PHILIP KENNICOTT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic from The Washington Post, will lead a discussion with executives from other cultural fields about how their institutions have expanded their missions and adapted their organizational structures to increase civic impact. Find out what the opera field can glean from these experiences to further shape the role of opera in local communities.  

Walk from the hotel to the Kennedy Center by following the conference walking guides through the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Limited space is available to those needing transportation. Breakfast is available for purchase at the Kennedy Center Café beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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Philip Kennicott

Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post
Philip Kennicott is the Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). In 2006, he was an Emmy Award nomineeand won the Cine Golden Eagle for video work exploring the role of oil money in the politics of Azerbaijan. He has served as classical music critic of... Read More →

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Edmund Fleet

Executive Director, Building Bridges Across The River
With over 15 years of education and community development experience, Edmund C. Fleet has been serving as the Executive Director of Building Bridges Across the River, the nonprofit organization that founded and now runs the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) since the spring of 2006. Under his leadership, THEARC is home to 10 nonprofit organizations that together deliver more than $11 million in cultural arts and social... Read More →
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Elizabeth Merritt

Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums
In 2008, Elizabeth Merritt was charged by the American Alliance of Museums with creating the Center for the Future of Museums to help museums understand the cultural, political, economic, environmental, and technological trends shaping the world, and explore innovative ways to help their communities thrive in coming decades. Prior to CFM, Merritt led the Alliance’s standards & research programs—she also has 15 years&rsquo... Read More →
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Richard Reyes-Gavilan

Executive Director, DC Public Library
Richard Reyes-Gavilan comes to the DC Public Library system with almost 19 years of public library experience. Before joinng the Library, Reyes-Gavilan worked at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the nation’s fifth-largest public library system as measured by population served. Prior to joining Brooklyn Public Library, he worked for more than 12 years at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Reyes-Gavilan earned a Master of Library and... Read More →
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Deborah F. Rutter

President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Deborah F. Rutter began her tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 1, 2014. Known for emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, she is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation. As president of the Kennedy Center, Rutter is the artistic and administrative director of the world’s busiest performing arts center, managing all facets of the... Read More →

Friday May 8, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20566

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