Ready for Anything: Building a Culture of Resilience and Adaptation


Friday, June 9 | 3:30pm – 5pm


Mollie Quinlan-Hayes (Moderator)

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes joined South Arts in early 2006. South Arts is one of the nation’s six regional arts organizations, and is a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. As Deputy Director she works with all South Arts programs, the board, member state arts agencies and other partners to make a positive difference in the arts throughout the South. She oversees South Arts’ portfolio of programs and helps to guide strategic planning and evaluation. She is director of South Arts’ national initiative ArtsReady, providing business continuity planning and emergency preparedness for arts organizations. She serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, and is on the Steering Committee of the new national Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) Project. She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Georgia Arts Network.

She previously served as Acting Director, Assistant Director and Accessibility Coordinator of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state arts agency. While there she managed the Commission’s UP/Understanding Participation project, working with Commission staff and partners in the field to build participation in the arts and understand the value created by arts participation; transitioned the agency to a web-based grant application system; assisted in the development and launch of Arizona ArtShare, the state’s arts endowment; and coordinated the annual Southwest Arts Conference. She was a founding board member of Alliance for Audience/ShowUp.com, which worked to engage new audiences while dramatically raising awareness of the breadth of the Phoenix region’s arts and cultural offerings; and of ARTability/Accessing Arizona’s Arts, a consortium which connects people with disabilities with arts experiences. She served as Communications Chair on the Board of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education. She also served the Commission as Presenting and Touring Director where she co-directed Arizona Dance on Tour, and as Public Information/Locals Director; and served as Interim Director of Arizonans for Cultural Development (now Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts), the state arts advocacy organization.

Mollie is a 2015 inaugural class graduate of Executive Arts and Culture Strategy through the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. Mollie has served as a guest speaker, consultant and panelist for many organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts, Americans for the Arts, Leadership Exchange for Arts and Disability, Dance/USA, Alternate ROOTS, Council of American Jewish Museums, Georgia Council for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, Arizona Presenters Alliance, Kentucky Arts Council, Louisiana Division of the Arts, the League of Historic American Theatres, Dance/NYC, Arizona State University, Georgia Arts Network, Southwest Arts Conference and Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Previously she worked with Arizona Center, a downtown Phoenix mixed-used development; as Audience Development Coordinator for the Herberger Theater Center; and with Shelley Berman Communicators, a full-service advertising agency. Mollie is a trained facilitator (including Technology of Participation practices) and consultant, working with a variety of organizations in strategic planning, participation-building, and understanding the value they can and do create. She has served as a professional audio describer, providing description of live and recorded events for people with vision loss; and is trained in Critical Response, a process through which artists receive response and input on new work. She crafts glass art and jewelry in Atlanta as Southern Flameworks, is married to Michael Quinlan, and has a daughter, Chandra Lakin.



Eric Fliss (Speaker)

With more than twenty-five years experience nurturing the arts in South Florida, Eric Fliss has served as a facilities manager, artistic director, cultural presenter, producer, designer and technical consultant for cultural organizations and government agencies.

As the Cultural Facilities Manager for the City of Miami Beach from 2002 - 2007, he established a strategic business plan for the operation of the network of cultural venues on Miami Beach, leveraging long standing relationships with local and regional arts organizations. Mr. Fliss developed the initial cultural facilities rental programs, customized to the needs of the local artistic community, while increasing annual revenue for the theaters. Additionally, he supervised the construction of a three-year $8.3 million renovation of the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road and advised the design and development of the Byron Carlyle Theater renovation.

A native of New York, Mr. Fliss has numerous lighting design credits including resident lighting designer for Maximum Dance, Ballet Gamonet and the Florida Dance Festival. As Co-Director of Anchor Arts Management, he has provided technical assistance to numerous local and national cultural organizations such as the National Performance Network, National YoungArts Foundation and Miami-Dade College-Cultura Del Lobo Series. In 1986 he co-founded the Acme Acting Co. in Miami, serving as Artistic Director, Scenic Artist and Technical Director through 1995.

In 2008 he joined the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as Managing Director for the grand opening of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. The Center has quickly become the model venue for the Department of Cultural Affairs continuing the mission of the department of promoting opportunities for artists and the residents and visitors who are their audience.