Location: Broadway Ballroom C-D, Level Two
Our understanding of the term “artistic excellence” is in flux, redefined by orchestras across the U.S. who are forging new forms of artistic engagement and collaboration with the diverse communities they serve. Yet this work often challenges the traditions, organizational practices, and cultural norms that, for many, define the work of orchestras. In this session, two key leaders from our field (Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras and Ed Yim, president of American Composers Orchestra) will face a panel of orchestra colleagues to debate some of the apparent tensions and opportunities underpinning this work. Do inclusive practices inhibit or expand on our notions of artistic excellence? What assumptions do we hold, as a field, that might limit the extent to which equity, diversity, and inclusion can enrich the artistic life of our orchestras? And what does “artistic excellence” really mean, in today’s diverse—and divided—America?
Artistic Excellence and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Moderated Debate is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.