Midwinter Managers Meeting 2021
January 21-22, 2021
Open to League member Executive Directors and Youth Orchestra Administrators
About the Speakers
Former Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Jamie Bennett is former Executive Director of ArtPlace America, a ten-year fund that supports artists working as allies in equitable community development. ArtPlace has invested over $100 million in supporting projects in rural, suburban, tribal, and urban communities of all sizes across the United States, as well as in sharing knowledge from that work in ways that are useful – and actually used – by practitioners. ArtPlace convenes and connects people who are committed to this work in order to help build a strong and ongoing field of practice. Previously, Jamie worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Agnes Gund Foundation, Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Philharmonic. He currently lives, works, worships, and plays in Brooklyn, NY, and has been sober since 2009.
Director of Cultural Leadership, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity
Diane Ragsdale is a speaker, writer, researcher, lecturer, and advisor on a range of arts and culture topics. She works with a number of institutions including, at the moment, as director and co-lead faculty of the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. In June 2020 she completed an appointment at The New School in Manhattan, where she successfully launched, built, and directed a one-of-a-kind MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for performance-based artists and designed and launched a new graduate minor in Creative Community Development. She teaches an annual workshop series on Aesthetic Values in a Changed Cultural Context for Yale University's Theater Management MFA. She previously worked as a program officer for theater and dance at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; was managing director of the contemporary performing arts center On the Boards, in Seattle; led a turnaround at the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho; and worked for the Sundance and Seattle film festivals, as well as for Peter Gabriel’s music festival WOMAD USA and Seattle’s Bumbershoot. She began her arts career as a theater practitioner. She holds an MFA and is a doctoral candidate at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, where she lectured from 2011-2015 in the cultural economics program.
President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Sanjit Sethi has two decades of experience as an artist, curator and cultural leader. Sethi’s previous positions include Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University; Director of the Center for Art and Public Life, Barclay Simpson Professor, and Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts; and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. Additionally, Sethi has taught at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sethi received a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, an MFA in Ceramics from University of Georgia, and an MS in Advanced Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sethi has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg foundation, and a Fulbright fellowship in India.
As an artist and curator, Sethi’s work has spanned different media and geographies. Past works include the Kuni Wada Bakery Remembrance; Richmond Voting Stories; and the Gypsy Bridge project. Recent curatorial projects have included Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers and the upcoming exhibition, 6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition. Additionally, Sethi is currently working on the Portland Hospice Potters Network and a body of paintings and drawings called the Delta Series.
Sanjit Sethi is the 19th President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The League would like to thank its Midwinter Managers Meeting sponsors:
We are Grateful to Our Supporters
The Midwinter Seminar is made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional funding for the seminar is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Photos courtesy of the speakers.