Speakers

Cathy Barbash (Ardmore, PA)
President, Cathy Barbash Arts Consulting Services, Ardmore, PA
Cathy Barbash is a specialist in the performing arts, cultural policy and creative industry development in the People’s Republic of China. She has spent over 30 years in the arts as manager and consultant for organizations as diverse as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Department of State of the United States, The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, The China National Centre for the Performing Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Arts Midwest, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

In addition to brokering the new groundbreaking agreement between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, and creating and co-producing the U.S. Major University Presenters’ China initiative with the Ministry of Culture of the PRC and Arts Midwest, she is currently creating China-related cultural industry infrastructure development, and cultural diplomacy projects with major arts-related government, educational and creative partners. A graduate of Harvard University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, she played viola for a season in the Savannah Symphony Orchestra before moving into the arts administration field. Ms. Barbash has served on the boards of the International Society for the Performing Arts, Ping Chong & Company, and City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong). She is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and of the International Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Culture and Society. 

Kathleen Cerveny (Cleveland, OH)
Director of Institutional Learning and Arts Initiatives, The Cleveland Foundation
Kathleen Cerveny is responsible for evaluating the impact of the Cleveland Foundation’s grantmaking and leadership initiatives, and for capturing learning from this work for the benefit of the foundation and the community. She is also the Foundation’s Director of Arts Initiatives where, for two decades she has directed its arts and culture programs and led major initiatives in public policy and organizational advancement for the arts. Currently the foundation’s arts initiatives include Creative Fusion: a program supporting long-term residencies for international artists as part of the foundation’s globalization agenda for Cleveland, and Engaging the Future, a program designed to assist Cleveland’s cultural community in attracting the next generation of audiences and patrons to the arts.

Kathleen has been a working artist, educator, development officer, and award-winning producer of arts programming for Cleveland Public Radio. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she maintained her own ceramic studio for 20 years and exhibited her artwork nationally. In the late 1980’s she launched arts programming for Cleveland Public Radio, becoming its first producer for the arts. In the process she produced many on-air reports for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Performance Today programs, and won over a dozen state and local awards. Kathleen has taught the arts at the high school and University levels and was named 2008 arts educator of the year for SmART in the City, an out-of-school-time arts program for at-risk youth she developed through the Cleveland Foundation. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in creative writing. She is a published poet and held the title of Cleveland’s Haiku Champion from 2009-2011.

Lesley Ferris (Columbs, OH)
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre, The Ohio State University
Lesley Ferris, an Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University, currently serves as the Director of OSU/Royal Shakespeare Company Programs. Her research interests are focused on gender and performance, carnival, and the use of masks. Her books include Acting Women: Images of Women in Theatre and Crossing the Stage: Controversies on Cross Dressing. She has published numerous essays two of the most recent being “Bobby Baker’s ‘Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me, 1997-2008’”, in N.Paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal (2010) and “Incremental Art: Negotiating the Route of London’s Notting Hill Carnival” in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (2010). She was the guest co-editor (with Penny Farfan, University of Calgary) for a special issue of Theatre Journal entitled “Contemporary Women Playwrights” (Johns Hopkins University Press, Dec. 2010). Ferris has directed more than 50 productions both in Britain, South Africa and the U.S.A, including Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Pearl Cleage’s A Song for Coretta, Adrienne Kennedy’s A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White. In February 2012 she directed the North American premiere of Patricia Suarez’s Matchmaker. She co-curated (with Adela Ruth Tompsett, London) an exhibition entitled Midnight Robbers: The Artists of Notting Hill Carnival (City Hall, London 2007), which was the inaugural exhibition at the OSU Urban Art Space in spring 2008 and was awarded the Artistic Excellent Award by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. The exhibition toured to the Art Museum at the University of Memphis (July-September 2010). With Mary Tarantino (Theatre), she conceived The Camouflage Project: A Devised Performance|Exhibition, which focused on the role of women agents in Britain’s undercover activity in German occupied France in World War II (May 2011).

David Fraher (Minneapolis, MN)
Executive Director, Arts Midwest
For more than three decades, David J. Fraher has directed his creative skill to building and leading arts organizations and programs throughout the United States. He has been at the helm of Arts Midwest for twenty-eight years, having served as Executive Director since its creation.

As part of a national network of regional arts organizations, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Its cultural programs—including performances by high-quality theater, dance, and music ensembles; arts educational activities; exhibitions; and conferences—reach close to a million people each year, enhancing the quality of life in hundreds of cities, towns, and rural areas across the nation.

In addition, Fraher has led Arts Midwest in building a diverse and expanding array of international partnerships and cultural exchange programs which directly link American artists to international audiences, and American audiences—especially those living in rural areas—to the many cultures of the world. Successful programs—several of which have been on-going for more than a decade—have been established with artists, arts organizations, and/or governments in China, Japan, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Morocco, Israel, Chile, Mexico, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Canada, to name but a few. These projects have included numerous large scale touring exhibitions; exchanges and residencies for arts administrators and artists; development and management of tours by foreign performers in the U.S.; and management of performing tours by U.S. artists in other countries.

In addition to his leadership and administrative roles at Arts Midwest, Fraher currently serves on the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities and is an ex-officio member of the Arts Midwest Board. In 2007 he received the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ Gary Young Award recognizing his leadership in the public sector arts field and in 2008 received the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman’s Medal for Distinguished Service. He is regularly called upon as a speaker on cultural policy issues, with recent appearances at the International Society for the Performing Arts (2009); Barnett Symposium at the Ohio State University (2010); the Shanghai Performing Arts Festival (2010); and Grantmakers in the Arts (2011). David has a degree in creative writing from SUNY at Brockport, New York and completed two years of graduate work in creative writing and American literature at Ohio University in Athens. He is a published poet and an award winning gardener.

Aimee Fullman
Manager of Cultural Relations and Networks, British Council
Aimee Fullman joined the British Council in August 2011. As the Manager of Cultural Relations and Networks she works with U.S. and international partners to raise the visibility of the British Council’s work in cultural relations and to foster increased international connections leading to mutual understanding.

Aimee brings to the British Council over a decade of Washington, DC-based and international experience as a cultural policy researcher and practitioner specializing in cultural diplomacy, international cultural engagement and cultural diversity. Her past professional affiliations include American University, American Voices, Americans for the Arts, the Center for Arts and Culture, the Canadian Cultural Observatory, Sister Cities International, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Institute of International Education and UNESCO. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the management of the arts and creative industries at HEC-Montreal and is a U40 Cultural Diversity Fellow.

Ann M. Galligan (Boston, MA)
Associate Professor & Co-operative Education Coordinator, Department of Art and Design and School of Creative Industries, Northeastern University
Ann M. Galligan is an associate professor and co-op coordinator for the Department of Art and Design and School of Creative Industries at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Previously she served as a Senior Associate Scholar at the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, D.C. Her research interests are in the fields of cultural policy, arts education and cultural planning. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on these topics, and serves as the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society and consulting editor for the Creative Industries Journal.

She holds a B.A. in English from Brown University, and a master’s degree in communication and a doctorate in History of Education with an emphasis on arts and education policy from Columbia University.

She has conducted funded research for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Assembly and the Irvine Foundation. She has worked on multiple projects in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She was responsible for drafting the Arts and Cultural Plan for the city of Providence, RI and drafting a comprehensive cultural plan for Pawtucket, RI.

Dr. Galligan has acted as a consultant for a number of arts and cultural organizations, including The New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Dance Umbrella, and WNET. In addition, she has acted as project evaluator for the Boston Public Schools, the Everett Dance Theatre, Centercity Contemporary Arts, New Urban Arts, and Dance Umbrella.

Nicholas Hill (Westerville, OH)
Professor of Art, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio
Nicholas Hill is Professor of Art at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where he teaches printmaking and drawing and directs the Frank Museum of Art.

Nicholas earned the BFA degree from Michigan State University and the MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. He has taught at Bethany College, The State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Widely exhibited, Nicholas is represented by Printworks Gallery in Chicago. He has exhibited his work in over 150 juried and invitational exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Most recently his work has been included in exhibitions in Germany, France, Chile, and India. His work is represented in such public collections as the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society and the United States Department of State.

Nicholas has received grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Kansas Arts Commission and Artists Space- New York City. He has been granted two international residencies in Dresden, Germany by OAC and GCAC. Additional residencies awarded include the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; the Virginia Center for the Visual Arts, and four residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois.

In 2009, Nicholas exhibited his work in a solo exhibition at the Kathe Kollwitz Haus museum in Moritzburg, Germany. He also curated an exhibition of German and American artists’ work for the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus.

Nicholas has exhibited his work in Germany and India in 2012. Currently, he is curating an exhibition of works on paper by contemporary artists from Ohio and Germany that will be exhibited in Dresden, Germany and Columbus, Ohio later this year.

Yudhishthir Raj Isar (New Delhi, India)
Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris
Yudhishthir Raj Isar is a cultural analyst, educator, advisor and public speaker who straddles several worlds of activity and experience. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris (where he was a Jean Monnet Professor, 2003-2008) and Eminent Research Visitor at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney (2011-2013). He has been Maître de Conférence at SciencesPo and visiting professor at several universities in Europe and the US. He is the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series published by SAGE: Conflicts and Tensions (2007), The Cultural Economy (2008), Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation (2010) and Heritage, Memory, & Identity (2011) and Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance (2012). In 2004-2008 he was president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe. Member of the Board of the Institute of International Visual Arts, London 1994-2010 and Acting Chair, 2009-10; board member of or advisor to several other cultural organizations in Europe, North America and India. Consultant to the European Commission, the Organization of American States, the European Cultural Foundation and the United Nations Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. Member of the International Council of Museums and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Earlier, at UNESCO where he served from 1973 to 2003, he was notably Director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture; in 1994-96, he was Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development. In 1986-87, he also served as the first Executive Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT. BA Economics (Honours), St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Licence and Maîtrise in Sociology, Sorbonne.

Charlotte Kessler (Columbus, OH)
Charlotte Power Kessler was born and has lived in Columbus, Ohio most of her life, attending college at nearby Denison University and with her husband, Jack Kessler, raising three children here.

Kessler is a lifelong community advocate and has focused her leadership on organizations that contribute to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the city. Many Columbus institutions have been strengthened by Charlotte’s involvement over the years, including the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Wexner Center for the Arts Foundation, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Board, Players Theatre, the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Foundation.

Charlotte has also served three five year terms as a member of the board of the Ohio Arts Council and is in her sixth year as a council member of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For her significant contributions to education and advocacy, Kessler was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Denison University and an Award of Achievement by the Ohio Library Council.

Sharon Memis (Washington, D.C.)
Director USA, British Council
Sharon Memis is Director of the British Council’s operation in the United States and is based in Washington, DC. She joined the British Council in London in 1988 before being posted to Paris in 1991, Rome in 1996 and then Brussels in 2000 where she headed the Europe Programme. She has managed international programmes in the arts, science, education and governance. Sharon returned to London in August 2005 as the British Council’s Director of Corporate Planning and Performance. She took up her current post as Director USA in September 2006 and was recently appointed to the board of the recently established 501(c)3, not-for-profit, Friends of the British Council. Given the intense interest in the United States in the British Council ‘model’, Sharon is frequently invited to speak about the British Council’s approach to Cultural Relations and impact evaluation and has published several articles on the subject. Sharon has been appointed the British Council’s European Director of Innovation effective September 2012 based in Brussels.

Kevin V. Mulcahy (Baton Rouge, LA)
Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Louisiana State University
Kevin V. Mulcahy is the Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Louisiana State University. He is the co-author or co-editor of six books, including Public Policy and the Arts and America’s Commitment to Culture, as well as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. In addition to his decades of participation in national conferences, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies in Budapest, and has served as an exchange professor at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan), l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal, the Université de Strasborg, as well as serving as a scholar-in-residence and keynote speaker in Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Spain, South Africa, among other nations. Dr. Mulcahy has served on the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Arts Council and chair of the City-Parish Committee on Art in Public Places. In 1990, he testified as an expert witness before the Independent Commission on the Arts appointed by President Bush.

Dr. Mulcahy was Cultural Adviser to the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives as a Humanist-in-Residence at the State Legislature for three years. He has been the recipient of several academic distinctions including the Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Undergraduate

Teaching, the Huntoon Teaching Prize, the Manship Humanities Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships as well as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair. Dr. Mulcahy received the Award for Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) in 2007. He is in “Who’s Who in Cultural Policy Research” and an honorary fellow of the Centre de Reserche Nationale du Quebec.

Deborah L. Smith-Shank (Columbus, OH)
Professor and Chair, Department of Art Education, The Ohio State University
Deborah L. Smith-Shank received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1992, and serves as Chair and Professor of Art Education at The Ohio State University. She is also Emeritus Professor of Art at Northern Illinois University where she served as Head of the Art Education program. Smith-Shank has taught K-12 art, as well as undergraduate and graduate students for over 30 years. Her research is involved with artifacts of visual / material culture and social justice examined through semiotic and feminist lenses and has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and edited the 2004 book, Semiotics and Visual Culture: Sights, Signs, and Significance. Smith-Shank currently serves as elected Vice President of the International Society for Education Through Art (http://www.insea.org/) and is co-editor and founder of the journal of Visual Culture & Gender, an international, freely accessed, multimedia juried journal (http://www.emitto.net/visualculturegender).

Ximena Varela (Washington, D.C.)
Associate Professor of Arts Administration, American University
Ximena Varela is a researcher, teacher, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, and sustainable development. As Associate Professor of Arts Management at the American University in Washington, DC, her work explores how external forces constrain arts organizations, and how effective leaders can manage change from within them. She has published in major journals and presented in international conferences in Latin America, the United States and Europe. She has participated in international meetings on culture and development at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, and the American Association of Museums. Her work has had a significant impact on many aspects of museum management, particularly in Latin America.

At American University, Professor Varela teaches courses in International and U.S. Cultural Policy, Urban Cultural Policy and Development (“Art and the City”), Marketing the Arts, and Research Methods for Arts Managers. She has developed pioneering courses and programs in both arts management and cultural policy education.

Prof. Varela chairs the Research Council of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), and has been a board member of the Latin American Institute of Museums (ILAM) since 2000. Formerly, she has served as a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Prof. Varela holds a Licentiate in Business Administration, with specialization in Finance and Marketing, from the Universidad Católica

del Uruguay (UCUDAL). She earned her Master of Science degree in Arts Administration at Drexel University, and is ABD International Politics specializing in the third sector and cultural policy at Temple University. Her academic work to date has been supported by Fulbright, Organization of American States, and Temple University fellowships.

Joyce Zemans (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Professor Emerita& Senior Scholar Director MBA Program in Arts & Media Administration Schulich School of Business, York University
Joyce Zemans is the director of the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration in the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. She is a former Director of the Canada Council (1988-92), Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University (1985-88). Professor Zemans’ research focuses on the areas of Canadian art history, museum and gallery practice and cultural policy. She is the author of Where is Here? Canadian Cultural Policy in a Globalized World? and co-editor of Comparing Cultural Policy: Japan and the United States, Sage Press, 1999. Her policy research includes “The Role of Arts and Culture in Revitalizing Urban Centers”, The United

Nations University, Kanazawa, Japan, 2000; “When Will Tomorrow Begin? The Chretien Era: An Assessment,” Canada Watch, Vol. 9. Nos 3-4, (February 2004); “Advancing Cultural Diversity Globally: The Role of Civil Society Movements,” Global Flows, Dissent and Diversity: The New Agenda, (www.robarts.yorku.ca/); and “Policies and programs of support for senior artists” IFACCA: D’Art Research report, D’Art Topics in Arts Policy, no.28 (www.ifacca.org/topic/models-of-support-for-older-artists/) 2007. She is the co-editor, with Griselda Pollock, of Museums After Modernism: Strategies of Engagement (Blackwells, 2007). In 2008, she organized Toronto Cultural

Policy Symposium (www.yorku.ca/robarts/torontoculturalpolicy/) examining the development of cultural policy in that city. Zemans currently serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Creative Trust, the Theatre Museum of Canada, the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University. She is a former member of the Culture and Communications Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the steering group for the Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities, the Creative City Network of Canada. Professor Zemans’ was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. She holds honorary degrees from the Nova Scotia College of Art, and Waterloo University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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