ICAT Playdate: Funding for the Arts

Friday, September 8, 2017
Location & Time: 

8:30 – 9:30am in the ICAT Learning Studio, 253 Moss Arts Center

As Executive Director of Research at VCU School of the Arts, Dr. Cunningham works with the school, faculty, and students to expand VCU’s presence as an international leader in arts research. Prior to VCU Arts, Dr. Cunningham served as the Director for Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts, providing national leadership in all artistic disciplines. In addition to chairing the panel review process, Cunningham led several NEA National Initiatives, including NEAJazz in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud, and Shakespeare in American Communities. In 2007, Cunningham founded the Education Leaders Institute, a design workshop to place arts at the core of public education, attracting a funding partnership with the Dana Foundation. During her leadership, NEA arts education funding increased significantly totaling $17 million annually. In 2011, Cunningham was named in the top 30 “Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Nonprofit Arts.”

Speaker: Sarah Cunningham, Executive Director, School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University