Bahia Ramos has been selected as The Wallace Foundation’s new Director of Arts and will oversee one of the foundation’s key grantmaking areas. She will lead both the arts program unit and the interdisciplinary team responsible for the strategic design and implementation of Wallace’s initiatives in the arts.
“We are delighted to have Bahia Ramos joining our team at The Wallace Foundation,“ said Will Miller, President of The Wallace Foundation. “She brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy, the arts, and community engagement that, in combination with the experience and expertise of the other members of the arts interdisciplinary team, will help us work effectively with our grantees and shape our future initiatives in the arts and arts education.”
In its Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, Wallace is working with 25 performing arts organizations to develop practical insights into how arts organizations can successfully expand their audiences in ways that also contribute to their long-term financial health. As field efforts in the initiative enter their final phase over the next year or so, Ramos will lead the development of the strategy for the next round of Wallace’s work in the arts.
Ramos will also lead Wallace’s work in arts education, which seeks to increase the equitable access to high-quality arts education for young people, especially those in high-poverty urban areas. Currently, that effort supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth Arts Initiative, which is testing innovative afterschool and summer arts programming for young people in their middle-school years.
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Published: August 23, 2018