Community Learning: Results from Staff Residencies

Saturday, June 10 | 8:45am-10am

Amy Fitterer (Moderator)

Amy Fitterer has served as executive director of Dance/USA since January 2011. Under her leadership, Dance/USA has established the Institute for Leadership Training, a national mentorship program for emerging dance leaders; developed the Staff Residency Program, integrating Dance/USA staff into local dance communities for ecosystem analysis research; and created the Dance Business Bootcamp Program for dance artists working within budgets below $200,000. In recent years, Dance/USA has re-designed its national re-granting program, Engaging Dance Audiences, to include support for a wider array of dance artists and organizations.

In 2013, the Dance/USA Board of Trustees adopted core organization-wide values of equity, inclusion and diversity. Fitterer is personally committed to imbedding these core values throughout all aspects of the organization.

Fitterer currently serves on the Board of the Performing Arts Alliance, a national policy advocate for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies. The Performing Arts Alliance represents a member network of over 30,000 organizations and individuals. In January 2014, she joined the Advisory Board for the Dizzy Feet Foundation whose mission is to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Formerly trained in ballet and classical piano, Fitterer graduated from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut and received a B.S. in piano performance from Indiana University School of Music. Fitterer holds an M.A. in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

Brandon Gryde (Speaker)

Brandon has served as the Director of Government Affairs for Dance/USA and OPERA America since 2011, representing the membership in front of Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies. He advocates on a range of issues that include support for the National Endowment for the Arts, support for arts education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, nonprofit tax policy issues, and cultural exchange at the U.S. Department of State. Brandon previously worked as Director of Communications at Youth Service America, an international youth engagement organization. He also served as Director of Publications at Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA, where he managed a re-granting program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and launched AND Magazine, a quarterly arts and healthy lifestyles publications written by teens for teens. Brandon has a B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American Literature and Culture from UCLA and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State.

Mina Matlon (Speaker)

Mina Para Matlon is a researcher, arts administrator, attorney, writer, and educator. Prior to joining Dance/USA in August 2015, she worked for more than a decade to identify and address the particular needs and concerns of organizations and individuals operating in the creative industries and to support communities as they seek to strengthen their cultural assets. Mina began her post-law school career as a senior research associate for an Indigenous law and policy institute based in Colorado. She subsequently worked as an intellectual property attorney at top corporate law firms in New York before returning to the nonprofit sector. Her nonprofit experience includes work at major educational institutions, a media organization, an arts advocacy group, and a tribal museum and cultural center. She has been appointed to the boards and advisory committees of nonprofit arts organizations based in New York, Illinois, and Oregon and has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves on the advisory board of Pepatian, a South Bronx-based multidisciplinary arts organization, and the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management. She is also a member of the Performing Our Future Forum, a national arts-based initiative on community and economic development spearheaded by Appalshop, Imagining America, and Lafayette College's Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project.

Mina has practiced in the fields of dance, theater, and photography and holds an AB in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the co-founder of Plural, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equity in the arts through support of Canadian and U.S. ethnocultural and community grounded arts organizations, artists, and arts administrators. As part of her work with Plural, Mina was the principal co-investigator and lead author of Figuring the Plural, a landmark study examining the characteristics, needs, and support structures of Canadian and U.S. ethnocultural arts organizations. Her other written work has appeared in legal journals, academic periodicals, arts magazines, and blogs.

Johanna Tschebull (Speaker)

Johanna Tschebull joined the Dance/USA staff in June 2013, bringing nearly ten years of communications and public relations experience in several industries including the arts, public television, and publishing. Johanna was the Public Relations Manager for Houston Ballet, where she planned, developed and executed public relations campaigns for the company. She had the opportunity to experience world-class ballet while working for Houston Ballet and met numerous talented dancers and choreographers. Johanna earned a BA from Oberlin College and is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts.