2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

How Can Anchor Cultural Institutions Make Maximum Impact?

Monday, October 30, 10:00am – 11:30am

Organized by Susan Feder, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Moderated by Anne Parsons, President & CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senior Fellow in Residence, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Bruno Carvalho, Associate Professor, Princeton University; and Steven Wolff, Principal, AMS Planning & Research.

This session will address the question, How can anchor cultural institutions in struggling communities and communities in transition have maximum social, economic, and artistic impact? This session will present three case studies involving different kinds of anchor institutions: New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey; AS220, an incubator/performance space in Providence, Rhode Island; and MASS MoCA, a contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. Presenters will delve into issues such as how anchors can engage in effective partnerships and how cultural organizations can be more influential in regarding community revitalization alongside universities, hospitals, and other community institutions.