NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts has scheduled a Business/Arts breakfast on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 West Main Street, Norwich.
Titled “The Business/Arts Connection,” the breakfast will feature Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of New York, speaking on “Arts & Economic Prosperity: National Perspective, Local Applications.” A special recognition award will also be given to The Evening Sun and Pennysaver for their long term commitment to and support of the arts in Chenango County.
Based in Manhattan, the Arts & Business Council of New York is a partnership devoted to stimulating alliances, benefitting both the arts and business sectors and the communities that they serve. Will Maitland Weiss was named Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of New York in 2005. Before joining the Arts and Business Council of New York, Weiss served as vice president of development and communications for New York City Center, producer of the award-winning Encores! series of American musicals and NYC performance home to Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor, Manhattan Theatre Club, and others. Prior to that, he spent ten years as deputy director of development for the New York City Opera, where he oversaw a staff of 14 and annually raised more than $11 million, and five years as marketing director, then development director, then managing director of the Off-Broadway CSC Repertory. After receiving his MFA in stage direction from Brandeis University, he spent several years as stage manager, then production manager, then managing director of a LORT theater and multi-arts presenting facility in New England. He also served as vice president of development and communications for a NYC-based healthcare organization, including management of a successful capital campaign. He has lectured on arts administration at Brooklyn College/City University of New York, Brown University, New York University, and Williams College, and serves on the board of the Center for Creative Resources, a nonprofit firm providing development, marketing, and management services to small and midsized arts organizations and individual artists’ projects.