2015’s Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts (USA)

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Denver’s Gary Steuer:  President and CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. With a number of foundations redirecting their philanthropic support away from the arts, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has moved in the other direction – now funding the arts exclusively.  Steuer is in a unique position to influence other funders over the next few years as he rolls out this new approach and begins to measure the impact.

Folks whom I have recently hosted (at LSU 2009-2014):

*Holly Sidford:  Principal, Helicon Collaborative. Alan Brown’s equal, her research and analysis has framed much of the debate and discussion on policy over the past decade.

*Steven J.  Tepper: Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. He has been at the forefront of policy consideration and formulation in the field for well over a decade, and has shaped policies from professional development, to arts education, to the role of creativity in the wider society.

Michael Rohd:  founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre; Associate Professor at Northwestern University School of Communication.
Rohd is a much sought after speaker and advisor in the areas of social practice, capacity building, and community engagement and his influence is considerable.

Eric Booth:  Arts Education. Eric is at the center of the burgeoning teaching artist movement and he is one of the key leaders in that arena (and on a global basis).

The “why” of this list:








Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.