A new wave of arts leaders arrives in Atlanta

Posted on: April 20, 2016

“In the last few months, new directors have taken the reins at three of the five core arts institutions in Atlanta: Rand Suffolk at the High Museum of Art, Jennifer Barlament at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Gennadi Nedvigin at Atlanta Ballet,” writes Doug DeLoach in Monday’s (4/18) Arts Atlanta. “It’s impossible to portend what this sweeping, even unprecedented, turnover in leadership of Atlanta’s institutions will mean for the city. But it is obvious change is afoot and that new leadership will bring in new ideas and help shape Atlanta’s cultural landscape.… In January, Jennifer Barlament assumed the position of executive director of the ASO, replacing interim CEO Terry Neal.… The ASO finished the 2014–15 season with an operational surplus after more than a decade in the red.… ‘The last few years have been a real wake-up call, which has re-dedicated everyone to continuing excellent music-making and creating an artistically vibrant and financially solid institution,’ said Barlament. As she begins steering the ASO on a new course, Barlament highlighted two areas that will receive special attention: access and education. ‘I truly believe it’s our opportunity, responsibility and obligation to make this great art form available to everyone in the community…,’ said Barlament.”

Posted April 20, 2016