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IU experts available to comment on coronavirus' impact on arts performances, venues, exhibitions

April 29, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Performance venues are closed, exhibitions and conferences have been canceled, and artists have been furloughed or laid off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The economic impact of COVID-19 has caused staff reductions, ticket refunds, contract cancellations and reduced philanthropic giving for the arts and culture sector. What will the future look like for arts organizations and artists? Indiana University experts are available to comment on these topics. For more information contact Mary Keck at 812-856-2148 or marykeck@iu.edu.

Alain Barker

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Music entrepreneurship, music careers, arts organization development.

IU Bloomington

Email: abarker@iu.edu

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Alain Barker, director of entrepreneurship and career development at the IU Jacobs School of Music, has an entrepreneurial career that includes arts organization development, arts policy research, communications and marketing, teaching and performance. In 2014, he was appointed director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Before that, he directed the Jacobs School’s marketing and publicity operations. (more)

David Brenneman

Art, art history, ancient art, Asian art, African art, European and American art, modern art, contemporary art, museums, museum studies.

IU Bloomington

Email: davabren@indiana.edu

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David Brenneman was appointed the Wilma E. Kelley Director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in April 2015. He has over 20 years of museum experience; before coming to IU, he served as director of collections and exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. He has extensive knowledge of art history and museums. (more)

Monika Herzig

Music industry, jazz performance, arts administration, arts entrepreneurship.

IU Bloomington

Email: mherzig@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Jazz pianist Monika Herzig is a faculty member in arts administration in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Music groups under her leadership have toured the world and opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, Dixie Dregs and more. (more)

Ursula Kuhar

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Arts administration, performing arts organizations, community engagement in the arts, arts education, teaching artistry, leadership and governance, arts and social justice, fund development in the arts.

IU Bloomington

Email: ukuhar@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Ursula M. Kuhar teaches in the Arts Administration Program and is the founding director of the O’Neill in Israel study abroad program. Before her appointment at IU, she was executive director of Washington Concert Opera and director and assistant professor of arts management at Sweet Briar College. (more)

Doug Noonan

Public policy, environmental economics, arts policy, cultural economics, urban economics, disaster management, entrepreneurship, built environment.

IUPUI

Email: noonand@iupui.edu

Expert Bio

Doug Noonan is a professor of public and environmental affairs whose research focuses on a variety of policy and economics issues related to cultural affairs, the urban environment, neighborhood dynamics, and quality of life. His current research topics include the arts labor force and the gig economy, crowdfunding and entrepreneurship, community flood management, green buildings, historic preservation, and environmental justice. (more)

Philip Ponella

Music, libraries, digital libraries, digital pedagogy, online teaching and learning, administrative leadership.

IU Bloomington

Email: pponella@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Philip Ponella is the Wennerstrom-Phillips Music Library director and director of Music Information Technology Services at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. There he oversees all aspects of library operations, technology support and digital initiatives. (more)

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