Special Guests

Latitude: 2014 Arts Convergence Featured Speakers


Richard Evans, President, EmcArts

Richard Evans directs EmcArts’ programs and strategic partnerships. Richard’s recent research, program design, and facilitation places particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organizational change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era for the sector. His studies on innovation and capacity building led to his design for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. An expansion of EmcArts’ successful pilot Lab for American orchestras, the Lab launched in Fall 2008. Fall 2011 saw the launch of a second national lab – the Innovation Lab for Museums. Richard also leads the design and implementation of the New Pathways for the Arts Initiative, a series of community-based innovation programs that is active in cities across the country. Richard is a frequent speaker on the relationship between cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts. His past research and analytical expertise has been published in numerous field studies in the USA and the UK. Richard received his M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. Prior to founding EmcArts, he held numerous senior positions in performing arts management and philanthropy, including co-director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program, Chief Executive of the Bath International Festival of Music & the Arts, England, and Vice President of the National Arts Stabilization Fund. Learn More at: www.emcarts.org/




Margy Waller, Senior Fellow, Topos Partnership

Margy Waller is an advocate for creating community through the arts. She is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership (a national strategic communications research organization), founder and Serendipity Director of Art on the Streets, and was recently a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit.

Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House.

In 2010, Margy was named one of the nation’s 25 most “powerful and influential” nonprofit arts leaders and in 2013 she was invited to be a guest at the first-ever Arts Dinner-Vention. She likes to produce serendipitous art, including spectacles co-created by people on bikes. Waller is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She tweets about arts and words at @margyartgrrl. Read more at www.topospartnership.com




Michael Killoren,  Director of Local Arts Agencies/Challenge America Fast-Track, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Killoren serves as the Director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America Fast-Track at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA’s), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America Fast Track program.

Most recently, Michael served as director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, a cabinet-level position, from 2002 through 2010, where he lead the city department’s funding and public art programs, and developed policy initiatives to increase public access to arts and culture, and establish a groundbreaking partnership to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools.

Prior to July 2002 when he began his work with the mayor’s office, he was Seattle’s first director of cultural tourism for Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he launched an initiative to promote the region’s cultural assets. He also served as an arts program coordinator and later executive director of the King County Arts Commission, where he worked to increase access and participation in arts and culture, with a focus on rural and suburban communities. He also served as managing director of the Alice B. Theatre, all three organizations based in Seattle. For three and a half years prior to coming to Seattle in 1993, he was part of the programming staff at the Sheldon Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri.

He recently served as vice-president and president of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation of Americans for the Arts, and was a member of the Downtown Seattle Marketing Committee, in addition to volunteer service on several non-profit boards and arts advisory committees.



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Storm Gloor , Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver

In 2010 he was the recipient of the College’s Excellence in Teaching award. He is currently the Vice President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) and a member of the Denver Music Task Force. Along with teaching various music business courses, professor professor Gloor developed the Music and Entertainment Marketing and Music and Entertainment in the Digital Age courses at the college. He holds an MBA degree from West Texas A&M University. Professor Gloor began studying the music industry as a fourteen-year-old, eventually working many years within it – primarily in the retail, marketing, and distribution segments – before beginning his academic career.



Andy Fife, Arts and Civic Engagement Consultant

Andy Fife was formerly the Executive Director of Seattle’s service organization for small emerging arts organizations, Shunpike, and is now a consultant on arts management, governance and policy working in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country with nonprofits, funders and government agencies.