We’re back to announce the panelists for two more of our EALS panels! Outreach Outcomes: Engagement that Matters will present the professional experience and innovative tools of art leaders who continue to build community connection, audience diversity, and interactivity with their patrons through their organizations. Arts in Post-Crisis Areas will spark discussion about the healing processes through the arts and how art has become a transformative healing tool in domestic and international cultural exchanges. You won’t want to miss out on these riveting panels, so make sure to buy your tickets for EALS today!


Outreach Outcomes: Engagement that Matters


Nick Gray, Panelist

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Nick Gray is the Founder and CEO of Museum Hack and is based in New York City. He loves museums and thinks people should visit them more often. He loves museums, but hates how most museum tours are given. He founded Museum Hack, a company of renegade tour guides offering unconventional museum tours in New York City. He lives in New York City, with his favorite places being the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sheep Meadow in Central Park. He is interested in self-improvement and loves hosting dinner parties at his studio in Greenwich Village.

Shay Stevens, Panelist

Shay Stevens HeadshotShay Steves is currently the MARS Urban Arts Curator for Washington Performing Arts and is a member of the WAMU Community Council. Prior to her role at Washington Performing Arts, Shay was an arts management consultant and managed international programming projects for RADish, LLC, working with clients such as the Apollo Theater, Jazz à Vienne, and the El Gusto orchestra. Shay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and also participated in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s DeVos Institute Fellowship program, where she managed various events for the 2013 Nordic Cool Festival.


Michael Haley Goldman, Panelist

081c52aMichael Haley Goldman is Director of the Future Projects Division of the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Future Projects is a small, self-sustaining innovation team designed to research, prototype, and explore emerging technologies that can transform Holocaust memorialization and education. Since joining the Museum in 1994, Mr. Haley Goldman has served in a variety of positions including as Director of the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Holocaust Survivors and as the Director of Global Classroom and Evaluation.


Steven Dawson, Moderator

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Steven Dawson is the Marketing Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. After an eight-year career as a full-time actor, he attended and received his Master’s degree in Arts Management from American University, where he also served as the Executive Chair of the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium. His thesis work on social media use for arts organizations has been used as a reference by arts organizations, and he speaks at conferences on the subject. Besides his work at Woolly Mammoth, he also serves on the steering committee for Emerging Arts Leaders DC and on the DC area Arts Marketing Task Force.


Arts in Post-Crisis Areas


Richard Kurin, Panelist

Kurin headshotRichard Kurin is the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. He is responsible for most of the Institution’s museums and oversees several of the Smithsonian’s research and outreach programs, including the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Asian Pacific American Center. In addition, Kurin is responsible for the programmatic aspects of the Smithsonian Channel, the Institution’s cable television partnership with Showtime. Kurin first worked for the Smithsonian in 1976 for the Bicentennial of the United States. For decades he directed the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and was responsible for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival held every summer on the National Mall, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and other cultural programs and products that have won Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Webby awards. Kurin represents the Smithsonian on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the White House Historical Association and other boards. He led U.S. and international efforts to rescue Haiti’s cultural and artistic heritage following the devastating 2010 earthquake, which was the subject of his recent book, Saving Haiti’s Heritage: Cultural Recovery after the Earthquake. Kurin served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and continues to advise that organization and the U.S. Department of State. He helped UNESCO draft an international treaty on safeguarding the world’s living cultural heritage now ratified by more than 130 nations. He has been honored by the International Council of Museums and Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, among others. He has been awarded the Smithsonian Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and, in 1999, he received the Botkin Prize for lifetime achievement in public folklore by the American Folklore Society. A former Fulbright fellow, Kurin earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and taught at The Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem; Reflections of a Cultural Broker: A View from the Smithsonian; Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men, and Hope; and other books and scholarly articles. He is currently completing The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, a major work to be published by Penguin Press in 2013, along with a variety of related multimedia and online educational products.


Daryn Cambride, Panelist

daryn-cambridgeDaryn Cambridge leads curriculum development and educational design for USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding online courses. Daryn joins USIP after 4 years with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, where he served as senior director for Learning & Digital Strategies and helped co-found Freedom Beat Recordings – a record label and website that explores the role of music in nonviolent resistance. Daryn is also a peace educator in residence and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on education for international development, peace pedagogy, and nonviolent action. His research interests include peace education, nonviolent action, distance learning, and online pedagogy. He has several years experience designing and facilitating trainings and workshops for learners across the world of all ages. He has worked or consulted in this capacity with organizations such as Common Cause, The Close Up Foundation, The Democracy Matters Institute, The Student Conservation Association, Learn-Serve International, One World Education, and the Institute for Technology and Social Change. He serves on the boards of the Democracy Matters Institute and the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He has a MA in International Training and Education and a professional certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, both from American University. He received his BA from Middlebury College.


Sara Green, Panelist

SMGSara M. Green, Founder, Executive Director, Art for Refugees in Transition (A.R.T.), received her MBA in 2001 from Columbia University. In 2003, she initiated A.R.T.’s pilot program, working with Burmese refugees in Thailand, followed by ongoing programs in Bogotá and Medellin, Colombia and a new program in Cairo, Egypt. (A.R.T.) helps rebuild individual and community identity for refugees worldwide with programs that engage children and adults in visual, performing and creative arts drawn from their own cultures. Ms. Green danced professionally for ten years and then moved into management and fundraising for non-profits. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at NYU’s School for Global Affairs, and received an Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in 2011. Her work with A.R.T. is featured in “More Than 85 Broads” by Janet Hanson and “The Art of Doing Good” by Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon.


Anne L’Ecuyer, Moderator

Anne L'EcuyerAnne L’Ecuyer is a writer and consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals. Anne previously served as Associate Vice President for Field Services at Americans for the Arts. In this role, she produced an annual program of leadership events for a national audience of cultural professionals and their allies in government, business, and education. She consulted directly with hundreds of local arts leaders to provide strategy and support for their efforts and routinely met with delegations of foreign cultural leaders on visits sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She served as editor of the Americans for the Arts Monograph Series, and is the author of Public Funding for the Arts at the Local Level. Anne owns and operates the Washington Writer’s Retreat, a private writing and research residency in the nation’s capital. She is an essayist at work on a book-length collection that profiles cultural leaders in ten American cities. Anne also consults independently with businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions. Her clients have included Culture Action Europe, the Canadian Conference on the Arts, and the California Arts Council. She holds a bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University, studied public policy at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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