Ben Cameron – “Innovation vs. Change”

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After investing in innovation for six years, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has learned an enormous amount about innovation.  In his address, Ben Cameron will discuss what has worked (and what hasn’t)  and whether the future demands a different kind of change.

Since 2006, Ben Cameron has been Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York, NY, supervising a $13.1 million grants program focusing on organizations and artists in the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields. In 2012, the Foundation announced a special additional allocation to the arts of $50 million initiative designed primarily to serve individual artists. This allocation, which also falls under Mr. Cameron’s supervision, will support three separate initiatives the first of which announced a first class of 21 artists (out of an anticipated 100 recipients over five years), each of whom received grants of up to $275,000.

Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the nonprofit professional theatre.  Other roles include Senior Program Officer at the Dayton Hudson Foundation, Manager of Community Relations for Target Stores  (supervising its national grantmaking program) and Director of the Theater Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.  He has addressed arts gatherings in seven foreign countries as well as throughout the US; has served on the national boards of the Arts and Business Council and Grantmakers in the Arts; and received honorary doctorates from Goucher College in Baltimore, and DePaul University in Chicago and an honorary MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, in addition to earning an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was one of five recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 2011 was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France.  He continues to teach a special guest seminar every year at the Yale School of Drama and is currently in his seventh year of service as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.

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One response

14 04 2013
Alyce Stick

Fabulous Cameron speech! Hope to see it posted on the Conference website. Thank you.

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