This winter the Sphinx Organization will host “Sphinxcon: Solutions 2014,” its second annual conference bringing together performing arts leaders and practitioners to discuss the topic of diversity in the arts. The conference takes place in Detroit from February 21 to 23 and will focus on building connections and encouraging critical thinking about how the performing arts sector approaches diversity. Featured speakers at the conference will include the Curtis-trained violinist Adrian Anantawan, born without a right hand; Nigel Lythgoe, co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance; Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation; and the Palestinian-American composer and performer Simon Shaheen. Among those also present at the conference will be representatives from Theatre Communications Group, Dance USA, Women of Color in the Arts, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, University of Michigan, Boston Children’s Chorus, and Americans for the Arts. The Sphinx Organization was founded in 1996 by violinist Aaron Dworkin to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos in the field of classical music. For more information on Sphinxcon, visit sphinxmusic.org/sphinxcon.html.
Posted November 18, 2013