The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (Ordway) is one of the leading performing arts centers in the United States, renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and diverse programming. Located in downtown Saint Paul, the Ordway welcomes audiences of all ages and backgrounds for year-round eclectic performing arts offerings, including Broadway musicals, contemporary dance, concerts, classical music, and new works. Its mission is to create transformative, shared experiences for audiences and artists through live performance with a vision for memorable experiences for all who engage.
The Ordway’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts reflect the commitment of a board and staff with new and ongoing initiatives interwoven through the organization’s programs and operations. These initiatives include creating the Community Access Program, which offers access to the Ordway’s shows and events to those for whom price is a barrier to admission; launching the Knight Foundation’s Cultural Opportunity Fund, which provides a subsidized rental of the Concert Hall for community groups and artists; and producing and presenting partnerships with a wide range of community groups such as Sounds of Blackness and TaikoArts Midwest. The Taking Our Place Centerstage (TOPC) initiative launched in 2010 to deepen relationships and explore the rich artistic traditions within BIPOC communities. Integral to TOPC is the economic empowerment of businesses and organizations led by people of color and the paid engagement of artists from racially and culturally diverse communities who have a voice in the way their work is presented and contextualized. The Ordway values racially and ethnically diverse leadership and continues to successfully increase cultural representation within its own membership.
The President and CEO will provide strategic and community leadership that leverages the expertise of the board and staff in advancing the Ordway’s comprehensive equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that are embedded in its mission, vision, and values. An external networker, the President and CEO will actively engage in the cultivation and stewardship of donors to support the vibrancy of the Ordway’s programs and facilities, sustain its significant infrastructure, and ensure its legacy. Reporting to the board of directors, this individual will be the organization’s primary spokesperson and ambassador, enthusiastically representing the Ordway, engaging in civic activities, and promoting the Ordway’s role as a leading community asset and driver for artistic, educational, social, and economic vitality. They will continue to foster authentic and deeply collaborative relationships with the Arts Partners that advance mutually beneficial initiatives and outcomes. The President and CEO will guide and inspire the Ordway team to explore new strategies and programs that expand access, increase audiences, and ensure the organization’s long-term success.
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