Marcus Performing Arts Center
Face of Women in Performing Arts
Marcus Performing Arts Center; (Left to right) Megan Huse, Vice President of Development; Lory Bowman, Vice President of Marketing & Communications; Kendra Whitlock Ingram, President & CEO; Katie Dillow, Vice President of Finance & Administration; Photo by Boutique Photographer Linda Smallpage; Instagram: @boutiquephotographer | Facebook: Boutique Photographer | Linkedin: Linda Smallpage
The Marcus Performing Arts Center has been a nexus for cultural events in Milwaukee since 1969, and now it’s looking to do even more.
“In addition to showcasing the work of our resident partners, we have greatly expanded our presented work and are focused on offering a diverse mix of programming and artists,” says Lory Bowman, Marcus Center’s vice president of marketing and communications.
A few examples from this past season include Black Violin, Hiplet Ballerinas and Ballet Folklorico, as well as the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for their first Milwaukee engagement in 20 years. Under Marcus Center President and CEO Kendra Whitlock Ingram’s leadership, Marcus Center committed to having at least 30% of MPAC Presents annual programming dedicated to BIPOC artists and has exceeded that goal. That is just one pillar of Marcus Center’s Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) initiatives. The Center also launched a new student matinee program directed at young people.
“Seeing kids experience live performances – some for the very first time – totally inspires us,” says Bowman. “As a non-profit arts organization, we have a duty not just to entertain, but to educate, inspire and expose our audiences to experiences they might not have anywhere else. We have an amazing team and much more ahead.”
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