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Anna M. Thompson: A World without Art

  • Thursday, March 09, 2017
  • 11:45 AM
  • The Harbert Center

Anna M. Thompson

A World Without Art

Anna M. Thompson serves as the Associate Vice President for UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. She works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to create an innovative and inspired vision for the Center to achieve success in its curation and community engagement.  Thompson seeks to build relationships with other cultural organizations that are mutually beneficial to the arts community of Birmingham. She intends to continue to elevate national visibility for the Alys Stephens Center and UAB through innovative performances and expansive arts-in-education programming.

Thompson served as the executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the endowed Judd & Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame from 2007-2015. She came to the University of Notre Dame after ten years as the executive director for the performing arts at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (MN), where she unified the fine arts program for two separate liberal arts institutions. Prior to holding the position in Minnesota she served as an arts administrator in Indianapolis for 14 years; at Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Thompson specializes as a curator of performing arts programming and develops interdisciplinary visiting artist residency projects. She has commissioned more than sixty new works in music, dance, and theater and film scores during her career, which have toured nationally and internationally. She has more than thirty years’ experience as an arts administrator and arts educator.

She currently serves on the Fischoff National Chamber Competition national advisory council and the Development Committee of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).  Thompson is a member of Chamber Music America, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, International Society for the Performing Arts and DANCE/USA.

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