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This past March, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosted the Performing Arts Center Consortium 2011 Development Conference, which gathers Fundraising Directors from seventeen of the largest Performing Arts Centers from around the country. The conference is a two-day gathering to exchange ideas, strike relationships and share stories about state-of-the-art fundraising techniques and activities from the performing arts sector. The Center’s senior management is always seeking out industry best practices and trends—and the staff was thrilled to host a dynamic group of professionals from major centers, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Straz Center for the Performing Arts and others.
Under the overarching theme of New Approaches, the conference aimed to provide ideas in what is working in fundraising, and future trends in philanthropy. To kick off the first session, Performing Arts Center Trust Chairman Mike Eidson gave an impassionate speech, sharing his experience with the arts and energizing the crowd. “Art and what we do transforms lives locally,” Eidson said. “I’m dedicated to helping the Center’s Advancement team to do all we can to make the dream possible.” Echoing these sentiments Center President and CEO John Richard stated, “We have the incredible responsibility of making the mission of our organizations happen through private philanthropy and other revenue sources.”
Guest speakers at the conference included Giles Woodyer, Vice President and Brand Managing Director of Bacardi USA, Inc, House of Bombay and Prestige Brands; as well as Dennis Scholl, Vice President of the Arts at the Knight Foundation. Scholl challenged participants to engage younger audiences by thinking of them as an active part of the experience.