Where Are They Now? Revisiting Early Winners of the Michael Newton, American Express Emerging Leaders, and Arts Education Awards

Posted by Ms. Bridget E. Woodbury, Mar 10, 2016 1 comment

Where Are They Now? Revisiting Early Winners of the Michael Newton, American Express Emerging Leaders, and Arts Education Awards

As the March 13th deadline approaches for the 2016 Annual Awards, we were curious about the careers and lives of some of our very first recipients. As you read about these past winners, remember you can nominate someone (or yourself!) to join their ranks.

Milton Rhodes Center for the ArtsMilton Rhodes – Inaugural winner of the Michael Newton Award, 1991

In 2004, Milton Rhodes returned as President and CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County after nearly 20 years of service elsewhere in the arts world, including having served as the President and CEO of the American Council for the Arts–now Americans for the Arts–where he was instrumental in the development of Arts Advocacy Day and The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Six years after his return to Winston-Salem, Milton put off his retirement to spearhead a capital campaign that raised over $27 million to create the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. On the eve of his retirement in 2013, Gerry Patton, the executive director of the N.C. Black Repertory Company said, “Milton has always been very, very committed and very, very involved in the arts. This city is definitely going to be hard pressed to find someone to take his place.”

David DombroskyDavid Dombrosky – Second winner of the Emerging Leaders Award, 2007 (the award is now the American Express Emerging Leaders Award)

After receiving the Emerging Leaders Award, David Dombrosky [link: www.dombrosky.org] formed an arts and technology consultancy and served as the Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Melon University, also teaching for the Carnegie Mellon Master of Arts Management program. In addition, David developed Technology in the Arts, which his website describes as, “a collection of services exploring the intersection of arts management and technology through research, articles, podcasts, and professional development offerings.” David is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for InstantEncore, which provides performing artists and arts organizations with tools to engage current audiences. He frequently writes for a number of arts management web publications, including several posts on our own ArtsBlog on subjects ranging from Contextual Marketing to Engaging Mobile Audiences

www.bigthought.orgBig Thought – Third winner of the Arts Education Award, 2009

As of March 9th, 2016 Big Thought has 8 programs at 433 learning locations and has served 143,944 students with more than 1,722,875 hours of learning. Since winning the award, Big Thought’s Center for Excellence has published three additional reports about creative learning, collaboration and sustainability in arts education, and “near-term effects of voluntary summer learning programs on low-income students’ learning opportunities and outcomes.” They have received major multi-year grants to help expand their programming, received the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Arts Education, and were appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities “Champion of Change” panel which highlights best practices in arts education.

We’re sure you’re doing big things too and we want to recognize them! In addition to the Michael Newton Award, the American Express Emerging Leaders Award, and the Arts Education Award, we are accepting nomination for the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, the Selena Roberts Ottum Award for Local Arts Leadership, the Public Art Network Award, and the Robert E. Gard Award. Check out the criteria, then nominate someone before March 13th at 11:59pm EST. Questions? Contact Ashley McDonald.

You must be a member to submit a nomination – interested in membership? You can learn more about the services we provide and join online, or contact Bridget Woodbury for more information about how we can help you continue your important work!

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