Ben Cameron on Change, Transformation, and Renewal in the Arts

On February 24, 2009, the Illinois Arts Alliance held its 2009 Members’ Meeting and Reception at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Close to 300 arts leaders and supporters attended to network with other arts advocates and discuss issues of importance to the cultural sector in Illinois.

Keynote speaker Ben Cameron, Program Director of Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and nationally renowned speaker, former theater professional, and arts activist, explored the devastating plunge in our national economy and the vast array of challenges facing the arts community.

“Like it or not, change is the ever accelerating constant that guides our lives today, and like the famous line in Alice in Wonderland, we must run as fast as we can to stay in the game – and if we want to get anywhere, we must run twice as fast as that. Nimbleness, flexibility, responsiveness, creative opportunism: all will be valued as never before,” said Ben Cameron.

If you would like to download Ben’s entire speech click here, otherwise take the time to watch his presentation below.


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