Oct. 20, 2010 by Michael Proscia
I had been working with Wesleyan University as an incubator on some projects so – here was the need for these leadership development programs and here was Pam Tatge at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan saying they could respond to that need. So the three of us came together around how to develop a partnership program in response to the need.
One of the first things we did was say, “Is this kind of training being provided and is it just a function of directing people to it?” We found that there are strong programs in the visual arts – Bard, California College of Art and the great work that Independent Curators International is doing – but there wasn’t a performance-based program.
From the ICPP site:
Samuel A. Miller is the President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and co-founder of the ICPP. Mr. Miller has also served as President and CEO of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) a ten-year initiative, founded in 2004, dedicated to improving conditions for individual artists in the US. Mr. Miller joined LINC at its inception having served for ten years as the Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). While at NEFA Mr. Miller designed and implemented a number of national programs including the National Dance Project, the Center for Creative Research, and the Favorite Poem Project (with Robert Pinsky). Prior to joining NEFA in 1995, Mr. Miller served as Executive Director and President of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA.
For more information on the ICPP see Olivia Drake’s recent Connection story “Program Blends Curatorial Practices from Visual, Performing Arts.”