The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Arts Leaders Running for Office
Includes a Live Event on 08/01/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
About this Webinar
August 1, 2018 at 3:00PM
In today’s changing political climate, we are seeing more advocates looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of pride and passion for the arts and culture, arts advocates are using their knowledge and connections to build support for their platform. Join Guillermina Gonzalez, former Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Julia Kirt, Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts as they talk about their journey from arts advocate to political candidate.
- Attendees will learn about veteran arts leaders entering the political realm.
- Attendees will learn top takeaways of transitioning from an arts advocate to a political leader.
Candidate for Delaware State Representative District 22
Guillermina Gonzalez is a multicultural professional with experience in the United States, Mexico and Europe as an executive in both the corporate and the nonprofit sectors. Dr. Gonzalez was appointed Delaware Arts Alliance’s first Executive Director in January 2010. Her business experience and passion for the arts has served the organization and the sector well. DAA helped double the State Arts Budget since 2014 making Delaware third in the nation in state arts funding. DAA has quadrupled its individual membership and increased its Institutional Support while doubling its funding base in three years. Support received includes the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Department of Education, and 100% Board participation. Dr. Gonzalez has expanded DAA’s outreach by making social media part of the organization’s effort. Combining arts and businesses come natural to Dr. Gonzalez. Her dissertation incorporated millennials and theatre in a consumer behavior model using a second-generation statistical analysis. In addition, she teaches Global Management Models at the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Wilmington University.
Candidate for Oklahoma Senate District 30
As the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages support for arts and culture across the state, especially public investment. She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. For the previous 15 years, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, working with more than 5,000 artists around Oklahoma, through training, funding, exhibitions and publications to help them create sustainable careers and outstanding artwork. She instigated innovative community programs such as the Momentum exhibition highlighting young artists, Art 365 exhibition that offers the largest artist awards in the region, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship focused on regional dialogue in the arts.
She received the “Emerging Leader Award” from Americans for the Arts in 2008. Kirt participated in the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation. She also was Leader in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Art, Media and Design and a Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a partnership between Stanford Graduate School and National Arts Strategies. Kirt was named a “Forty under Forty Making a Difference” by Oklahoma Magazine and “40 under 40” by OKC Business and an “Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record. Kirt received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014.
Kirt serves the broader community as Vice-President of the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma and co-chair of Cultural Plan implementation. She completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.