Woodruff Arts Center’s new CEO: what’s ahead for the Atlanta Symphony, arts ecosystem

Posted on: February 5, 2019

“Doug Shipman is the first to admit that he became president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center at a particularly healthy time in its history,” writes Scott Freeman in last Tuesday’s (1/29) ArtsAtl.com. “The Alliance Theatre has just unveiled a brand new space. The High Museum of Art has just undergone renovations. Woodruff has had four years of budget surpluses.” The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “Shipman—the founding CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights … seems the right person to carry the momentum forward … Shipman talks about the challenges that face Woodruff, the arts ecosystem and his first major initiative: a new home for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.” Shipman says, “We need to have a space that is up to the level of the art and that also embraces the patron and the artist … I want to put the vision for a Symphony Hall space—whether that is a refurb or a hybrid or a new space—front and center in the next capital campaign…. The symphony is at a crossroads, but it’s at a crossroads with a lot of momentum and with an identity that’s really coming to the fore.”

Posted February 5, 2019