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Smaller organizations have some advantages over their larger counterparts, like the ability to adapt and change more quickly. In this webinar, Margie Johnson Reese will discuss some strategies and considerations specific to smaller arts organizations to help them during this pandemic. Focusing on the strengths of the organization is key to finding a new path forward without a large donor base, reserves, and endowment funds.
Margie will bring a variety of perspectives to this topic. She has served as a Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in New York, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Director of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and is currently Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture.The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM CDT
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 About the Presenter:  
  A headshot of an African-American woman smiling and wearing black glasses. She wears a beaded necklace and a snakeskin patterned jacket.
Margie Johnson Reese

Executive Director, Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Margie’s career has included arts leadership in Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, Margie has responsibility for establishing arts policy, designing Teaching Artists training programs and overseeing grant making programs to service Wichita Falls, Texas and the four surrounding counties.

Margie served as a grant maker for the Ford Foundation in their Office for West Africa as the Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture. Prior to her work with the Ford Foundation, Margie served as General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; and as Director of the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs.
Margie is a long-time board member of Americans for the Arts. She is the lead faculty for that organization’s Arts and Culture Leaders of Color initiative, mentoring a cohort of arts administrators from Cleveland, Chicago and Indianapolis. Margie was recognized with the 2019 Selena Roberts Ottum Award presented by Americans for the Arts to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. She also received the 2014 National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Lifetime Service Award for her lifelong dedication to increasing young people’s access to arts learning opportunities; and for her powerful advocacy and action for equity and inclusion in the arts. She is a board member of Mid-America Arts Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College.
Please note that space is limited for this free event. We record these webinars and make them available afterwards