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Arts Administration Inspiration

Arts Administration Inspiration

Inspired Students. Inspiring Leaders.

Drexel’s Arts Administration alumni are innovative, dynamic leaders in their fields. Our distinguished graduates are taking the arts, cultural, and creative sector to new heights by applying their classroom and experiential knowledge in a wide range of organizations and endeavors.

From management and executive positions at prominent cultural institutions across the country and around the world to creating entrepreneurial start-up ventures, our vast network of alumni are an invaluable resource to our students and to creating the future of our field.

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Meet some of our extraordinary alumni:


Chrissie Bonner
Chrissie Bonner is a Program Officer at the Philadelphia Foundation. She has been with the organization since 2007 and worked as a Program Associate and Associate Program Officer before being promoted to Program Officer this year. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Foundation, Chrissie worked at the Association of Arts Administrator Educators and as a Program Assistant for the City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts and Culture. Chrissie holds an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Chrissie Bonner
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Mary Beth Cadmus
Mary Beth Cadmus is the Assistant Director, Individual Giving for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts managing a portfolio of major donors raising restricted and unrestricted support for the arts center. Prior to this she worked as the Director of Development for The Little Orchestra Society as well as the Director of Individual Giving at the New-York Historical Society working on major gift fundraising for their capital renovation campaign and planned giving. She also worked at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on The Campaign for NJPAC, a $180 million capital campaign, in various positions including Major Gift Officer and Gift Planning Officer. Mary Beth held positions as the Marketing Associate for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Art Pride NJ and lectured at Rutgers University on arts administration. She holds a B.A. in Art History / Museum Studies from Rutgers University, M.S. from Drexel University, and is a Ph.D. student writing her dissertation in Public Administration at Rutgers University. Cadmus, Mary Beth
Maggi Lawler-Kirk
Maggi Lawler-Kirk is a Development and Donor Services Officer at The Philadelphia Foundation where she also manages the Foundation’s Community Art Gallery. She has extensive experience working in the arts and culture sector including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Maggi has an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University Class of 2010. Her thesis, “Possible Solutions For A Sustainable Future: Restructuring Through Mergers and Other Alliances in the Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Sector”, was presented at the 2009 Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) Conference, Birkbeck University of London. Maggi has a BFA from Moore College of Art and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Lawler-Kirk, Maggi
Thesis
Possible Solutions For A Sustainable Future: Restructuring Through Mergers and Other Alliances in the Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Sector
Moira Baylson
For the last eight years, Moira has served at the nexus of economic development and the arts where she has advised the City of Philadelphia on arts policy and major initiatives to support and promote the arts. She has assisted hundreds of organizations with grants, technical assistance and programming support. In 2009, she was appointed as Deputy Cultural Officer for the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (www.creativephl.org) where she leads strategic planning, policy, research and creative economy efforts. In her prior role as Manager, Cultural Development at the City’s Commerce Department she designed and implemented an $80M capital grant program for arts and culture. Moira has directed multiple research projects and publications including the City's Creative Vitality in Philadelphia reports and is currently leading the City’s efforts to develop an arts database mapping tool. Culture Blocks (www.cultureblocks.com) will help funders, government, planners, artists and the public at large, understand the impact of the arts on neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and how that analysis can drive future investment decisions. Prior to her role at the City, Moira worked for several nonprofit arts organizations and in the publishing field. Moira has a BS in Communication from Cornell University and a MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. As a student at Drexel, Moira received the Best Research Thesis Award for “Examining the Gap Between Marketing Theory and Practice in Museums,” which she also presented at the American Association of Museums Conference. Additionally, Moira spearheaded the first Arts Administration Art Auction as AAGA Treasurer and was one of two students to receive the inaugural Drexel University Outstanding Masters Student Award. McEneaney-Baylson, Moira
Thesis
Examining the Gap Between Marketing Theory and Practice in Museums
Kenyetta Overton
Philadelphia native, Kenyetta Overton (under the moniker Koko Hans) has written and performed poetry as a Spoken Word artist since 2001. In 2003 Ms Overton received international attention as Koko Hans when she was chosen as a semi-finalist by the International Library of Poetry.

In 2004 Ms. Overton created the Murals of the Mind Project TM (aka M.O.M. TM and formerly known as Young Poets Uprising), a creative writing concern for youth ages six to 13. The Project focused on encouraging youth to actively engage in the process of written and spoken word poetry for the purposes of conflict resolution and self expression and increased academic and social capabilities.

Ms Overton has produced her own open mic show, Word South of the Border Love @ Las Cazuelas, which featured poets and musicians from around the tri-state area. She has also self published three chapbooks. She is an accomplished visual artist, creating sculptures and relief on canvas and wood.

For more than 20 years Ms Overton has lent her administrative, event planning/ coordinating, marketing, sales and service, and research abilities to several corporate entities including those in the employment recruiting and consulting, business development, healthcare, insurance, investment banking, academic and pharmaceutical companies.

Ms Overton holds an Associates of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing form University of Phoenix and her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
Overton, Kenyetta
Whitney Roux
Whitney Roux graduated from Drexel University’s Arts Administration program in 2012, after serving two years as the AAGA Communications Director and completing a fellowship with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. While at Drexel she received the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts as well as scholarships from Americans for the Arts from being a top emerging leader. After carrying out her research on best practices for managing technology integration in museum’s programming, Whitney headed home to the sunny skies of San Diego, CA. Currently she is the Program Associate/Office Administrator at the NTC Foundation, serves on the steering committee for the Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego and act as an independent marketing consultant. Roux, Whitney
John McInerney
Vice President of Marketing & Communications

John McInerney has led the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Cultural Alliance's marketing initiatives since joining the Alliance in 2004. He currently directs Engage 2020, the Cultural Alliance's new initiative focused on doubling cultural participation in Greater Philadelphia by the year 2020. He previously served as Marketing & Communications Manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art and as Production Manager at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware.  He has a BS in business administration from Loyola University (New Orleans) and an MS in arts administration from Drexel University
McInerney, John
Thomas Scurto-Davis
Thomas is Director of Finance and Operations, Main Line Art Center. He is a nonprofit COO, techie, and arts advocate determined to communicate the value of strategic financial planning to the long-term success of arts organizations.  Previously Director of Finance and Operations at the Asian Arts Initiative, and Associate Director of Darlington Arts Center, he has been Director of Finance and Operations at Main Line Art Center since 2010.
Amy Scheidegger
Amy is a painter, graphic designer, illustrator and arts administrator who has made it her personal mission is convince those who are not already persuaded that the arts change lives, improve the economy and fill voids in peoples' lives when nothing else can. She does this through her work with the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project (ARBP), an effort she founded about six months after serving as AAGA's Advocacy Director in the arts administration program and still leads today.  Since its inception, ARBP has enabled hundreds of artists to speak out creatively for the arts, making sure their voices are heard by legislators at all levels of government. In 2013, the ARBP will change shape a bit and reach beyond its bound pages in a mural collaboration with the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia and will go on the road to Appalachian State University where students there have gathered rebuttals to make their own ARBP exhibit and printed edition. It's exciting, changing times for all things Artistic Rebuttal! Scheidegger, Amy
Heather Hitchens
HEATHER A. HITCHENS is a nationally recognized arts leader with nearly 20 years of performing arts administration, policy, and program development experience. Hitchens began her tenure as Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing in July of 2011. As the Wing's chief executive officer, she is charged with maintaining its brand of excellence in the Tony Awards as well as overseeing and shaping its other vital grant making, professional development, educational, and media programs.

Hitchens came to the Wing after a four-year term as Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the largest state arts agency in the country. An appointee of Governor Eliot Spitzer, Hitchens oversaw the distribution of over $123 million in grants to more than 2,000 New York State organizations in every artistic discipline while at NYSCA. She also fostered closer collaboration and partnerships between the arts and other sectors including tourism, economic development, and parks, and in collaboration with a number of public and private funding sources, launched the New York State Cultural Data Project, which is developing more comprehensive and reliable data about the impact of the arts in the state.

Prior to her leadership of NYSCA, Hitchens served as President of the renowned national arts service organization Meet The Composer for nearly a decade. There, she revitalized the organization's artistic programs and strengthened its financial standing by establishing a multi-million dollar endowment fund and fostering a many-fold increase in individual giving. Hitchens also served as CEO of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and worked in the development department of the American Music Theatre Festival. A percussionist since the age of six and a lifelong lover of the performing arts, Hitchens holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and a B.M. in Percussion/Music Business from DePauw, Greencastle, IN.
Hitchens, Heather