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Saturday, May 9 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Civic Health: The Intersection of Opera and Society

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Raising the quality of life is a shared goal among city officials, arts leaders and the general public. Hear from leaders at the forefront of enhancing civic life as they present research-based approaches for motivating participation in society, strengthening communities and engaging the public through opera. 

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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →

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Jane Chu

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jane Chu has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2014 as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2006, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center has hosted more than one... Read More →
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David Fraher

President and CEO, Arts Midwest
David Fraher has directed his creative skill to building and leading arts organizations and programs throughout the United States. His primary focus for more than 30 years has been at the helm of Arts Midwest where he serves as president & CEO. Under Fraher’s leadership, Arts Midwest has successfully developed international partnerships and networks, produced a variety of arts delivery programs, and managed strategic initiatives... Read More →
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Jason Schupbach

Director of Design Programs, National Endowment for the Arts
Jason Schupbach became director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts in May 2010. In this position, he manages the NEA's grantmaking for design and the NEA's design initiatives, such as the Mayors' Institute on City Design as well Our Town, which provides funding in recognition of the role that the arts can play in economic revitalization and in creating livable, sustainable communities. See more at... Read More →
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Ilir Zherka

Executive Director, National Conference for Citizenship
Ilir Zherka, the Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship, is a life-long civic engagement activist. Under his leadership, NCoC is working with partners throughout the country to strengthen civic life in America. NCoC is also playing a central role in developing the Service Year exchange. The exchange is an online, technology platform that will help to dramatically increase the number of national service positions. Zherka... Read More →

Saturday May 9, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Salon A-E - Washington Marriott 1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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