July 06, 2020

Aaron Dworkin, MacArthur Fellow and Founder of the Sphinx Organization, Conducts Illuminating Interviews with Chief Leaders in the Art World  

Los Angeles, CA: In an effort to inspire and connect diverse audiences with the most important leaders in the art world, Ovation TV, America’s Only Arts Network, has made the in-depth interview series Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin available free to the public on the Ovation NOW app and at The weekly series highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating significant impact in the field of the arts. A continuation of Ovation TV offering free arts content to all, 10 episodes are available now, with six additional episodes to come in as many weeks.

Arts Engines seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future of our field. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, social entrepreneur, published author, visual and spoken word artist, professor, filmmaker, 2005 MacArthur Fellow and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin conducts the interviews over Zoom. Each interview reveals the human stories, best practices, and real-life experiences of those who power human creativity each and every day.

“As an independent arts network, it is imperative for Ovation to amplify the voices of the art world,” said Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming and Production, Ovation TV. “Aaron Dworkin’s instructive interview series Arts Engines is also a perfect complement to our Stand For The Arts advocacy platform, where we raise awareness about art’s positive impact in the community. Among other topics, Aaron and his guests discuss how vital the arts are to people in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“We are proud of this partnership with Ovation TV which will provide the opportunity for these critical conversations in the arts to be shared with the diverse tapestry that comprises their extraordinary viewership,” added Dworkin.

The following interviews are currently available:

  • Mary Anne Carter (Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Clive Gillinson (Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall)
  • Bob Lynch (President & CEO of Americans for the Arts)
  • Bennett Rink (Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation)
  • Ronald Crutcher (President of the University of Richmond, cellist)
  • Howard Herring (President of the New World Symphony)
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain (Composer, Violinist, Professor at ASU)
  • Teresa Eyring (Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group)
  • Deborah Borda (President of NY Philharmonic)
  • Marc Scorca (President & CEO of Opera America)

Upcoming interviews include:

  • July 8, 2020: Marshall Marcus (President of European Youth Orchestra)
  • July 15, 2020: Amy Fitterer (Executive Director of Dance USA)
  • July 22, 2020: Steven Tepper (Dean at ASU School of Arts)
  • July 29, 2020: Victoria Robey (Chair of the Board of the London Philharmonic)
  • August 5, 2020: Margaret Lioi (President of Chamber Music America)
  • August 12, 2020: Toni-Marie Montgomery (Dean of Bienen School at Northwestern)

President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts and Governor Snyder’s appointment to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Aaron P. Dworkin served as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), which is ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation. Dworkin is a successful social entrepreneur having founded The Sphinx Organization, the leading arts organization with the mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The organization serves as the leading advocate for young people and diversity in the arts worldwide. Dworkin personifies arts leadership, entrepreneurship and community commitment with an unwavering passion for the arts, diversity and their role in society.