Dr. Durell Cooper explores with various topics relating to art, society, politics, and the universe.
Season II, Ep. 9 feat. Lisa Yancey
In this episode Durell speaks with Lisa Yancey. Lisa Yancey is an entrepreneurial strategist who has built a practice solving problems for nonprofit organizations and is a co-founder of several growing enterprises. Through her company Yancey Consulting, she specializes in strategic organizational planning, business planning, program evaluation and assessments, executive project management, revenue modeling, leadership coaching, and organizational structure assessments for nonprofit institutions.
She advises a spectrum of practitioners, nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, and philanthropic institutions committed to dismantling inequities, enriching marginalized communities, building leadership, and amplifying diverse perspectives. She has worked with, facilitated, and provided pro bono services to over 100 organization or grantmaking institutions in the past 18 years.
Lisa matriculated from both Boston College Law School, and Emory University is a member of the New York State Bar Association and lives in Mount Vernon, NY.
Season II, Ep. 8 feat. Dr. Antonio Cuyler
In this Episode Dr. Cooper speaks with Dr. Antonio Cuyler. Dr. Cuyler is the author of Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the U. S. and editor of a forthcoming volume in June of 2022, Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora. He serves as the Director of the MA Program & Associate Professor of Arts Administration in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University (FSU), Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. In addition, he is the Founder of Cuyler Consulting, LLC, a Black-owned arts consultancy that helps cultural organizations maximize their performance and community relevance through access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI).
Season II, Ep. 7 feat. Shirley Taylor
In this episode Dr. Cooper speaks with Shirley C. Taylor. Shirley started her journey as an arts administrator at the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1987 andhas since built a career leading a variety of arts and cultural education programs throughout New York City:Associate Director for Visual Arts Programs at ArtsConnection, Inc.; Director of Arts Programs at UniversitySettlement Society; Deputy Director of Programs, Education for the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning; Director of Education and Public Programs at the Noguchi Museum. Ms. Taylor has provided consulting services for anumber of education and cultural organizations including the Partnership for After School Education, Artmakers,Inc., the Bronx Center for Non Proﬁts and Yaffa Cultural Arts. She is a recipient of the New York City School Art League Charles Robertson Memorial Award and the National Association of Negro Business & ProfessionalWomen’s Club, Inc. Professional Award; has served as a member of the New York City Department of Education’s Advisory Board for Arts Education and on the Board of Directors for One World Arts. In 2006, Ms. Taylor helped establish the Apollo Theater’s Education Department which provides arts, media and humanities programming forschools, professional and career development for teens and young adults, and public engagement programs for a variety of audiences. She presently serves as the Apollo’s Senior Director of Education. She is Assistant AdjunctProfessor, Africana Studies, at Barnard College and a member of the Board of Directors of Willie Mae RockCamp.. She holds an
M.F.A. in painting from the City University of New York and is a
graduate of the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Proﬁt Management, the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), and the American Express Leadership Academy.
Season II, Ep.6 feat. Dr. Terri N. Watson
In this episode Dr. Durell Cooper speaks with Dr. Terri N. Watson is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at The City College of New York and a member of the Urban Education faculty at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her research examines effective school leadership and is aimed to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved students and families. She employs Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Theory and Motherwork as methodological frameworks. Her scholarship is featured in several edited books and journals, including Educational Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, The Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of School Leadership, and Leadership and Policy in Schools.
Dr. Watson was named a 2020 – 2022 Faculty Lead in conjunction with The Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research at The Graduate Center’s Center for the Humanities, The City University of New York (https://www.centerforthehumanities.org/programming/participants/terri-n…). She is also the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration and History (Routledge) titled, A Seat at the Table: Examining the Impact, Ingenuity, and Leadership Practices of Black Woman and Girls in PK – 20 Contexts. Each manuscript utilized a critical methodology to center the lived experiences of Black women and girls in schools (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjeh20/52/3?nav=tocList).
During the 2020 – 2021 academic year, Dr. Watson was named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo's Center for Diversity Innovation. Through her work at the Center, she aimed to transform the schoolhouse into a 'Beloved Community’
Season II, Ep. 5 feat. Vivian Phillips
In this episode Dr. Cooper speaks with Vivian Phillips. Vivian is a communications professional and arts leader. She is co-host of the podcast doubleXposure where she and veteran arts journalist Marcie Sillman use their voice and platform to plumb the deepest depths and the tiniest cracks of our world to understand how culture and creativity shape our lives. Vivian is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Arte Noir, a gathering place to explore and center the dynamic creativity, soulfulness, and power of Black art. In addition to the online magazine, Arte Noir will soon open a gallery and shop location at Midtown Square in Seattle.
Vivian has served in numerous communications and arts leadership roles. She was Director of Marketing and Communications for Seattle Theatre Group, served as Director of Communications to Mayor Paul Schell, chaired the 4Culture Board, and the Seattle Arts Commission, co founded the Historic Central Area Arts and Cultural District, sat on the founding board of LANGSTON, and co-founded The Hansberry Project. Her service to community has been felt across numerous organizations and she currently sits on the University of Washington Foundation Board. Vivian practices as a communications strategic advisor and arts consultant, actively advocating and creating opportunities for the inclusion of Black, and artists of color, in major developments and projects across the city.
Season II, Ep. 4 feat. Jacqueline Cofield
In this episode Durell speaks with Jacqueline Cofield. Jacqueline is the founder of J Rêve International LLC, a global culture and arts education social enterprise. Jacqueline curates international experiences for educators, students, and artists, and collaborates with leading arts, cultural and educational institutions to produce meaningful global programming. An educator, author, documentary filmmaker, and interdisciplinary scholar, Jacqueline is trilingual, has lived or studied in 9 countries, and traveled to 60. Currently a doctoral student at Columbia University’s Teachers College, her arts-based polyvocal research centers on intersectional aesthetic and epistemological power dynamics.