In CAC’s new series, In Conversation, we invite Chicago’s arts and cultural visionaries to explore important topics shaping the field today.
For the first iteration of In Conversation, Kate Dumbleton and Angelique Power will draw from their combined experience in philanthropy, education, engagement, and artistic and executive direction to unpack the concept of Adaptive Leadership. They will share the evolution of their professional practices, their perspectives on leadership in the arts today, and discuss the importance of skills such as listening and collaboration for thriving in an ever-evolving world. The conversation will focus on philosophical as well as practical concerns and strategies that can be implemented throughout the sector.
CAC welcomes you to join us at 5:30pm for social time with refreshments, with the program beginning promptly at 6:00pm.
Kate Dumbleton is the Artistic and Executive Director for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the MA program in Arts Administration and Policy. Kate joined the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and SAIC in the fall 2012 from the position of Executive Director of the critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Her work in jazz, improvised music and performance spans more than two decades.
Kate’s experience includes music direction for jazz clubs and festivals; curatorial direction of artist residencies; direction of interdisciplinary projects in music, dance, theater, visual art, film; venue and record label management; administrative direction; and artist management. She owned and operated a successful performance, exhibition space/wine bar in the Bay Area from 2000-2006. Kate holds a B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born and raised on the southside of Chicago by a white, Jewish mother who was a Chicago Public school teacher and an African American father who rose to be Sergeant in the Chicago Police force, Angelique Power has an intense love for this dazzlingly creative and deeply scarred city. Before joining the Field Foundation, Power was a program director at the Joyce Foundation. There she co-founded Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit-led movement designed to correct inequity and structural racism in the arts. She has directed community engagement and communications at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and led community relations giving at Target Corporation. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.
As President of the Field Foundation, Angelique catalyzed changes within the Field Foundation grant structure through anonymous surveys sent to nonprofit leaders, peer research, and study of Chicago’s needs and gaps in investment. Staff and Board-wide racial justice training allowed Field Foundation to ensure that racial equity was a core value of the work. Through research Field created heat maps of Chicago revealing where the city has designed communities that suffer from poverty, trauma and lack investment. Learning more about the incredible power inside of these communities of color and investing in the savvy organizations located there has become a key focus for Field.
Nonprofit feedback, foundation peer input, racial justice training, heat maps of Chicago; all of these pieces helped reveal a path forward to a new grant model centered around Community Empowerment through Justice, Art, and Leadership Investment. This new model opens the door to funding for neighborhoods that are too commonly divested in and aims at addressing root causes of the issues allowing every Chicagoan to thrive in this city we love.