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DeVos Institute of Arts Management to offer training project in Baltimore

DeVos Institute of Arts Management to offer training project in Baltimore
(André F. Chung / Baltimore Sun)

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a training enterprise founded by former Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser (and previously located at the Kennedy Center), started operations at its new University of Maryland location in College Park this week and quickly announced new initiatives.

In addition to launching studies on diversity and technology in the arts, in collaboration with university faculty, the institute is expanding its "American Cities" training program to include Baltimore.

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"It will start at the beginning of 2015," Kaiser said. "In the next three or four weeks, we will be taking applications for a two-year program to train arts organizations and board members. There will be classes, webinars and private consulting every month with each organization."

Kaiser, long recognized as the global guru on arts management, will be directly involved in the Baltimore activities, along with DeVos personnel. Locations for the training have not yet been determined.

In addition, group sessions and presentations will be tailor-made to suit the participating groups.

"Some are facing financial challenges, others are facing artistic challenges," Kaiser said.

There is no cost for organizations to participate in the American Cities project, which has previously been held in Detroit, Miami and New York, and will also reach Los Angeles later in 2015.

The DeVos Institute will be partnering with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Maryland Humanities Council for the Baltimore program.

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