Mint’s CEO selected for prestigious international honor

Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson is among 50 arts leaders selected by National Arts Strategies for its second annual Chief Executive Program

Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of The Mint Museum, was selected from among more than 250 candidates from around the world to participate in the second class of The Chief Executive Program by National Arts Strategies. The program will explore new ways to tackle the most complex and critical challenges facing the field. By the end of the program, the 50 leaders selected for this prestigious honor will have the ideas, tools and connections to effect change in their own organizations and to work collectively to strengthen the cultural field.

Together with cultural leaders from cities as diverse as Boston; Seattle; Dublin, Ireland; Uppsala, Sweden; and Guadalajara, Mexico, Jameson embarks on a series of learning cycles beginning this month and continuing through 2014. The experience includes three in-person educational events at Harvard Business School, at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and at Sundance Resort. The events and activities, which include a variety of “at-work” assignments throughout the year, are designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the strategic challenges they face, a firm grasp of change leadership, and the ability to translate their visions for the future into reality. The Mint will not incur any expenses related to Jameson’s participation in the program.

“We at the Mint are extremely pleased to announce Dr. Jameson’s selection to participate in this important cohort of national arts leaders,” said Jay Everette, chair of the Mint’s Board of Trustees. “This high-profile honor is a key win for the Mint and Charlotte, and extends the Mint’s brand across many channels that will remain important to this museum and community.”

National Arts Strategies will not only provide these executives with opportunities for learning, innovation, and collaboration, but will also publicly highlight their work in an effort to raise the level of discussion on the critical issues facing the cultural sector. Ideas generated during the program will be shared via the NAS blog, Field Notes, through video interviews and case stories, in NAS newsletters, and at industry conferences and events.

“This program is focused on effecting organizational change and strengthening the field. It is designed to allow fellows to create real change in organizations and communities, so rather than just focusing on the individual and his or her organization, the program also addresses the larger macro issues facing our community,” said Jameson. “The museum and community conversations currently underway here in Charlotte regarding the cultural sector will benefit from exceptional thought leadership from not only my fellow participants, but also the National Arts Strategies team and leading experts in the field.”

Participants in The Chief Executive Program were selected following a highly competitive recruitment process to identify 50 of the top executive cultural leaders from around the world with an aptitude to tackle the intractable issues presented by the curriculum. The leaders chosen to participate in The Chief Executive Program were selected from a wide range of cultural forms, locations, perspectives, and experience levels. These executives have proven themselves to be effective, innovative, collaborative and open-minded, and were chosen from a pool of over 250 open applications and nominations from industry stakeholders.

The Chief Executive Program Participants

David Baile, International Society for the Performing Arts (New York, NY)

Sara Bon-Harper, Ash Lawn-Highland (Charlottesville, VA)

Rowan Brown, National Mining Museum (Midlothian, Scotland)

Katy Clark, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (New York, NY)

Juan Antonio Cuéllar Sáenz, Fundación Nacional Batuta (Bogotá, Colombia)

David Dower, ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage (Boston, MA)

Kristy Edmunds, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

David Flatley, Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Daniel Gallant, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York, NY)

Vallejo Gantner, Performance Space 122 (New York, NY)

Sarah George, Natural History Museum of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

Michael John Gorman, Science Gallery International/Science Gallery Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)

Maria Hane, Museum of Science & History (Jacksonville, FL)

Wier Harman, Town Hall Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public Library (Chattanooga, TN)

Linda Jackson, The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY)

Kathleen Jameson, The Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC)

James Kass, Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA)

David Koren, Figment Project (New York, NY)

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Palo Alto City Library (Palo Alto, CA)

Veronique Le Melle, Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)

Helen Legg, Spike Island (Bristol, England)

Jeffrey Lependorf, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (New York, NY)

Christina Littlejohn, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Little Rock, AR)

Angel Igor Lozada Rivera Melo, Universidad de Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Ann Meier Baker, Chorus America (Washington, DC)

Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, SC)

Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin (Austin, TX)

Jonathan Moscone, California Shakespeare Theater (Berkeley, CA)

Stewart Moss, The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD)

Justine Nagan, Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)

Christina Olsen, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA)

Elaina Richardson, The Corporation of Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Jessica Robinson Love, CounterPULSE (San Francisco, CA)

Ane Rodriguez Armendariz, Tabakalera – International Centre for Contemporary Culture

(Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain)

Art Rotch, Perseverance Theatre (Douglas, AK)

Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest (Los Angeles, CA)

Diomar Silveira, The Philharmonic Cultural Institute (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Jill Snyder, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)

janera solomon, Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

Linus Tunström, Uppsala Stadsteater (Uppsala, Sweden)

Kelly Tweeddale, Seattle Opera (Seattle, WA)

Kristina Van Dyke, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, MO)

Tony Vecchio, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Jacksonville, FL)

Joana Vicente, The Independent Filmmaker Project (New York, NY)

Mark Wender, Soulsville Foundation (Memphis, TN)

Kim Whitener, HERE Arts Center (New York, NY)

C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! (Washington, DC)

Simon Woods, Seattle Symphony (Seattle, WA)

Mike Yankovich, Children’s Museum of Denver (Denver, CO)

Development of The Chief Executive Program was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Additional information about The Chief Executive Program is available at


National Arts Strategies works with faculty from leading universities in the country to develop leadership programs for organizations from across the arts and culture sector. This investment in leadership capacity has produced the sector’s most diverse leadership community of alumni and faculty. It has also generated changes in the language and core management frameworks used by grantee organizations, partnerships to advance the full range of educational services available to the field and policy discussions with leading grantmakers to enhance field capacity building.