The fifth conversation in Wallace's series, Reimagining the Future of the Arts, begins with a question: What can the arts sector learn from arts organizations of color about community engagement and financial health?

To help define an answer (and, of course, raise more questions!), the conversation kicks off with a rundown from a report by SMU DataArts, The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, Part II: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color.  Co-author/researcher Zanni Voss describes their focus on organizations serving primarily communities of color and how leadesr of these organizations view their successes, along with the distinct challenges they face. This research is a follow-up to The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations,​ which ​found artistic excellence and community relevance keys to success for all organizations. 

A conversation with a few of the arts leaders in different diciplines who participated in the Part II study follows. Speakers include: 

Juan Dies, Co-founder and Executive Director, ​Sones de Mexico Ensemble

Blake Anthony Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Sinfonietta​

Anh Thu Pham​​, Managing Director, Theater Mu

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Zannie Voss, Professor; ​Director, SMU DataArts