Advancing the Diversity of Your Board


 About this Webinar

Projected changes in the American demographic landscape over the next three decades provide a pivotal context for considering ways that the arts field can recognize and address the need for increased diversity in arts leadership.  While the need to build board diversity cannot be ignored, those charged with leading this kind of change may feel uncertain on how they can effectively increase board diversity in their institutions.  In this webinar, participants will hear from leaders who have been deeply involved in this work, and who will share their personal successes and challenges.  These case studies will guide participants toward practical strategies to increase board diversity within their institutions.

Learning Objectives:

After this session, participants will be able to create a simple, step-by-step process for building a diverse board and will have access to additional resources and tools to further design a strategy to increase their board's diversity.

Anika Kwinana

Manager, National Partnerships, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Anika Kwinana is an artist and arts manager who is passionate about the role of the arts in supporting educational and community development.  Anika lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 2001 - 2014, where she spent six years as music & arts director for a diverse, 5,000-member religious organization, leading more than 100 volunteer singers, musicians, actors, literary artists, visual artists, dancers, and technicians in multiple weekly performances.  She produced, wrote for and performed on two live CD-DVD projects, and oversaw concerts, conferences and facility rentals.  Anika’s cultural anthropology research on the impact of hip-hop culture on South African youth first brought her to the country.  She spent her first six years there as a manager, facilitator and fundraiser for community-based youth, HIV-AIDS, and women’s empowerment non-profit organizations.

While returning to the U.S. in 2014 had its challenges, Anika continued to work in the arts, holding down three part-time jobs: selling performance subscriptions, managing front of house, and producing theatre.  In 2015, she accepted a full-time administrative position at a higher education association, where she was quickly promoted.  For three and a half years, Anika led their STEM college and career fairs program.  Her work entailed concept development; event management; committee oversight; program design and implementation; and, partnership-building.  Anika is now Manager, National Partnerships at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.  The program provides leadership and professional learning through conferences, educational seminars, online opportunities, resources and technical assistance. 


Anika holds an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University, where she received the 2018 Capstone of the Year Award for her research entitled “Beyond a Seat at the Table: Diversity in Arts Organizations.”  She is a board member and treasurer for the Arts Administrators of Color Network, where she recently moderated and participated on the panel, “The State of Racial and Cultural Diversity in Arts Leadership” at their Annual Convening.

Tony Allegretti

Former Executive Director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Tony Allegretti served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville from 2014 to 2018. During this time, the direct economic impact of the Cultural Service Grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58 million to $83+ million, and from twenty-one organizations to twenty-seven. Under Allegretti’s leadership Art in Public Places has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in new and reallocated public art funding, including new works in neighborhoods that do not feature public art. The Cultural Council has also invested more than $250,000 in grants and professional development to local artists and small arts organizations over the last three years and ushered in another $150,000 specifically for diversity and inclusion and access to art and culture. Since the Cultural Council has adopted its Cultural Equity Commitment under Allegretti's leadership, African American board participation at Cultural Service grant funded organizations has increased 400%. In 2018, 69% percent of those organizations increased African American participation. More than 150 students of color have completed the curriculum of Career Pathways to jobs in arts and culture. More than 90 students of color have completed Cultural Service Internships (paid) in Cultural Service organizations.


Previous to this position, Tony was Director of Downtown Engagement for JAX Chamber. In 2004, Tony won the individual award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for his work establishing the First Wednesday Art Walk with Downtown Vision. He was also the Founding Director of the Riverside Arts Market and created Community First Saturdays Downtown. He is a stakeholder and entrepreneur with his partnerships at Burrito Gallery, Uptown Market, and BREW. Tony currently serves on the Board of Visit Jacksonville, Downtown Vision, Any Given Child, United States Urban Arts Federation (Executive Committee), Urban Education & Policy Center, and has also served on the Jax Chamber Board of Governors, as well as Jax Area Legal Aid and was a founding board member of the Downtown Investment Authority. Tony lives on the edge of San Marco with his wife Tammy, one young vocalist, and one young soccer star.


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