Opening Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is the Co Founder and Executive Director of Museum Hue, an organization that advocates for greater representation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and all Creatives of Color in the arts. Under her leadership, Museum Hue launched HueArts NYC, the only citywide effort to address the lack of equitable funding and support for arts entities founded and led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and all People of Color across NYC's five boroughs. Museum Hue also built the first online directory and mapping of museums across the United States created within communities of color. Stephanie has been on the forefront of developing these invaluable resources that deepens public knowledge and understanding of art, history, and culture in New York and beyond. As a former United Nations Human Right fellow, she incorporates the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work. As the United States continues to reckon with its legacy of structural racism, oppression, and discriminatory policies and practices; Stephanie centers arts equity as an essential part of achieving civil liberties. She also received the 2019 Americans for the Arts’ “American Express Emerging Leader Award” for her contributions to the field. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) from Rutgers University.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Mara Isaacs


Mara Isaacs (Producer) is a Tony® and Grammy® Award winning producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, an independent production company dedicated fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local and global audiences. She is lead producer for Hadestown (Broadway, North American Tour, South Korea) and currently oversees more than 20 projects on the Octopus Theatricals roster including THEATRE FOR ONE; Our Country by Annie Saunders, Dreaming Zenzile by Somi Kakomal; And So We Walked by DeLanna Studi; …(Iphigenia) a new opera by Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding; Bill Irwin’s On Beckett; An Iliad starring Denis O’Hare; and many others. She has produced over 150 productions that have been seen on Broadway (Hadestown, Gabriel Byrne Walking With Ghosts, The Inheritance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Translations, Anna in the Tropics, Electra), off-Broadway (Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods, The Brother/Sister Plays, Crowns, The Laramie Project), at theaters and performing arts centers around the US and the world (UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, South America, South Africa, Canada).  Mara is co-founder of Producer Hub, a proud founding member of CIPA (Creative and Independent Producer Alliance), and she runs Sing It Again Records, an indie record label founded in 2019. She previously served as Producing Director at McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ for 18 seasons and produced new play development programs and productions for Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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