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How does the Coalition operate? 
The Coalition is a flexible “network” rather than a stand-alone nonprofit organization. The Regional Arts Organization, South Arts, serves as the Coalition’s fiscal agent and administrative base of operations. The Coalition seeks project and other funding support from foundations, public sector partners like NEA, and annual contributions from Steering Committee members (based on their capacity and circumstances). The Steering Committee is elected on a rotating basis and is chaired by two members. The Coalition meets (phone and/or video conferencing) monthly (or as needed). There are Working Groups involving Committee and at-large members that are convened as needed. There are two in-person meetings per year in conjunction with the APAP Conference and/or Grantmakers in the Arts conference.


The Coalition is governed by a Steering Committee of individuals and organizational representatives, who bring a diverse range of perspectives, resources and experiences to serve the needs and interests of artists and the arts/cultural sector at large. The Coalition’s definition of diversity is broad-based including: racial/ethnic, geographic, gender, diversity of artistic disciplines, of arts organizational size and type as well as individual artist perspective, for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector.


Grantmakers in the Arts, Eddie Torres, President and CEO

Entertainment Community Fund, Chair Barbara Davis, COO
CERF+, Cornelia Carey, Executive Director and James Hafferman, Deputy Director
National Endowment for the Arts, Michael Orlove, Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships, and International Activities ​

National Performance Network, Stephanie Atkins, Director of Local Programs
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Pam Breaux, Executive Director 
Performing Arts Readiness Project, Tom Clareson, Director

New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA, Michael Royce, Executive Director

South Arts / ArtsReady, Susie Surkamer, Executive Director, South Arts
Ruby Lopez-Harper, Independent Member

Amy Schwartzman, Independent Member

Ted Berger, Independent Member

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Independent Member

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