TACA Perforum | A Conversation to Advance Arts & Culture

Cross Sector Collaboration: Intersections between Arts Organizations and the Broader Arts Ecology

Monday, October 23, 2017
Nasher Sculpture Center

Moderated by Zannie Giraud Voss, Southern Methodist University

There is no discipline that nurtures the ability to imagine, sparks creativity and innovation and stimulates action more than arts and culture. So it should come as no surprise that many artists and arts organizations are joining together with social, health, education and other sectors in creative intersections to advance shared goals in their communities.

This year’s TACA Perforum will examine instances of these partnerships happening across the nation and why they are important. There will also be an opportunity to discuss ways in which we can fuel further successful collaborations in North Texas.

Breakfast Reception
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Luncheon
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Attendance is free. Registration is required.

2017 Panelists

Cezanne Charles

Cézanne Charles
Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many
Detroit, MI

Cézanne Charles is a designer, curator and researcher working on design, technology, social justice and public policy for future-making. Cézanne is the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Many Michigan and co-leads the design and implementation of Creative Many’s creative industries research efforts. Cézanne also directs Creative Many’s programs providing the knowledge, funding, networks and advocacy needed to empower the practices of artists, designers and designer-makers within the state. Programs under her direction include the Kresge Artist Fellows Professional Practice Opportunities program and the Resonant Detroit granting program that supports artists/collectives doing place-based work in Detroit at the intersection of social justice and impact.

Cézanne serves on the Detroit Creative Corridor Center UNESCO Detroit City of Design Stewardship Board and the Board of Directors of Allied Media Project. She recently curated the ShiftSpace exhibition and pop-up café as part of the 2017 Saint-Étienne International Design Biennale.

Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley
Executive Director, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
New York, NY

Lauren Kelley is the Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling in Harlem, New York. As an integral--and founding--member of the senior staff since 2013, Lauren has played a key role in the strategic growth of the organization in developing the Museum’s curatorial and public programs as Associate Director or Curatorial Programs. Since the Museum’s opening in October 2015, she has organized all of its art exhibitions of established and emerging artists, as well as artists with ties to Harlem and Northern Manhattan. In addition, she has been instrumental in elevating the Museum’s outreach efforts to the artist community, most notably by spearheading the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Prior to growing the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, Lauren served as founding curator of the first fine art gallery at Prairie View A&M University in Texas for eleven years. Her artwork has also been on view at The New Museum, NY, The Kitchen, NY, LACE, LA, and the 2016 Parisian Film Festival’s "Cinema Different" an experimental film screening at the Pompidou Center.

Josephine Ramirez

Josephine Ramirez
Arts and Culture Strategist and Cross-Field Innovator,
former Arts Program Director & Portfolio Director, The James Irvine Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

Josephine Ramirez is a senior leader in the arts nonprofit sector. Her work focuses on the impact of arts and culture: how they contribute to the development of stronger, healthier communities, and how they help us to understand one another and to live better together. She most recently was the Arts Program Director at The James Irvine Foundation, leading an initiative aimed at benefiting more of California’s diverse and low-income communities. Josephine also initiated Irvine's inclusion as one of the original funders of ArtPlace America.

Before joining Irvine, Josephine was Vice President of Programming and Planning for the Music Center in Los Angeles, where she founded and launched a major program initiative that increased active arts participation and provided arts experiences that embraced and reflected immigrant communities and culture. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Getty Foundation. Also at the Getty, she was Research Associate at the Research Institute, creating and implementing a multiyear investigation of the connections between art making and civic participation.

Susan Saloom

Susan Saloom
Military and Veterans Arts Initiative Field Specialist
National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, Americans for the Arts
Washington D.C.

Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM) at Americans for the Arts. She began her work in the DC offices as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2014-15, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary’s Call to Service Corps. Through the National Initiative, Susan continues working with military, medical, and arts sectors to advance the arts in the health and well-being of our active duty service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers, across the military continuum, from deployment to reentry and reintegration. Susan believes that accessibility to the arts is key to building resilience and healing the mental, physical, and moral wounds of war.

Susan is a “military brat,” former Art teacher, certified Memories in the Making facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association, and a member of the board of Arts For Health Florida. She is currently working from the Northeast Florida region.


Presenting Sponsor

Communities Foundation of Texas

Perforum National Panel Sponsor
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger

Roundtable Luncheon Sponsor

G Texas Catering

Hosted By

Nasher Sculpture Center

2016 TACA Perforum