Ben Cameron Electrifies at Arts Fund Luncheon: December 18, 2012


For those who have heard Ben Cameron speak, it will come as no surprise that immediately after he delivered his keynote address at the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Luncheon on December 6, we were inundated with countless requests for copies of his insightful and challenging speech. 

We are pleased to announce a video of his complete keynote address is available. 

You can also review the transcript of his speech here.

Cameron is one of the nation’s leading arts advocates and is currently serving as the program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In his thought-provoking speech, Cameron makes an impassioned case for the value, impact and necessity of the arts in building a better, smarter, more tolerant and civil society. Armed with facts and figures, Cameron urges his audience to embrace the digital age and to transition from “arts supporters” to “arts advocates” – suggesting these shifts are essential in a time of decreasing traditional arts attendance but increasing arts participation.
Cameron delivered his speech to a packed ballroom of over 500 individuals consisting of representatives from nonprofits arts organizations, business leaders, government officials and foundation staff from throughout the 23-county metro Atlanta region.
In addition to Cameron’s keynote address, attendees were treated to performances by Aurora Theater and the Atlanta Chamber Players with luncheon commentary provided by Dad’s Garage Theater Company. Also, a total of $700,000 in general operating support grants to 15 nonprofit arts organizations were announced.

Grant recipients recognized were Actor’s Express ($62,000); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center ($53,000); CORE ($20,000); Dad’s Garage Theater Company ($70,000); Georgia Ensemble Theater ($40,000); Horizon Theatre Company ($75,000); The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts ($50,000); Madison-Morgan Cultural Center ($60,000); Monroe Art Guild ($8,000); Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia ($50,000); Out of Hand Theater ($15,000); Synchronicity Theatre ($35,000); Théâtre du Rêve ($12,000); Theatrical Outfit ($75,000); and True Color Theatre Company ($75,000).


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