Spotlight on Success: The Digital Age for the Performing Arts
Long before the shut down, even before the turn of the millennium, Garth was a livestream pioneer. He oversaw the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, a free show every night at 6:00pm AND livestreaming online, and he has much to share about the program’s mission, “Performing Arts for Everyone.”
In this 50-minute in-depth conversation, they’ll also discuss Garth’s goals in the virtual space at the very real soon-to-open Schwarzman Center.
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Garth Ross is the inaugural executive director of Yale Schwarzman Center. Prior to joining Yale in 2018, Garth served as vice president of community engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has over 20 years’ experience developing and executing strategies for enlarging constituencies and increasing participation in the arts. Garth has produced over 7,000 performances in a wide range of genres, featuring artists from all 50 states and around the world, from Grammy Award-winning performers, to slam poets, to world-renowned dance troupes. He established The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage daily free performance series, as well as many other notable projects and festivals including Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America, American Voices with Renée Fleming, One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide, Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media, and the What’s Going On … NOW festival.
With a focus on cultivating unique collaborations among organizations, artists, communities, and disciplines, his work illuminates the possibility of compatibility between different cultural viewpoints by including diverse stakeholders in the process of cultural production. His chapter entitled “Finding a Line from Fight Club to The Kennedy Center: How We Learned to Cross Invisible Bridges” was published in the book Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change (Building Leadership Bridges) (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017). Garth received his BA in English Literature and Music from Connecticut College and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.