In advance of the Jan. 28 launch of the ALL ARTS broadcast channel and streaming apps, we would like to introduce our readers to members of our editorial advisory board. For this installment, we spoke with Adrian Ellis, director of AEA Consulting, which is known for its strategic planning and advising work in the cultural sector. The firm, which has advised leading cultural organizations and institutions around the world, has worked with such clients as the Kuwait National Cultural District, Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, Barbican Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra, Banff Centre, The Shed, the Kennedy Center for the Performing and many more. Ellis, who founded AEA Consulting in 1991, took a five-year break from his post there to serve as executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, from 2007 to 2012. In 2013 he founded the Global Cultural Districts Network, an international group of arts and culture centers based in Australia, China, Singapore, the United States, Europe and the U.K.
Name: Adrian Ellis
Title/Organization: Director, AEA Consulting
Please describe your work.
Consultant in the cultural sector — mostly on strategic and operational issues, a bit on programming.
What excites you about ALL ARTS and what do you hope to contribute as a member of its editorial advisory board?
I have worked with WNET over a period of time on the project, and hope that it can develop into a way of connecting a new audience to a new generation of artists. This is not its only goal but it’s one in which I am particularly interested.
What void do you think ALL ARTS can fill in terms of coverage of arts and culture in New York City and beyond?
What was your most memorable arts experience?
See third entry here.
What performance / exhibition /arts event are you most looking forward to in 2019?
Why is art important in today’s society and where do you see your work fitting into that purpose?
It is central to what it means to be fully human, and that’s always important — and never more so than when inhumanity appears on the rise.
What’s your latest obsession?
Cicero and Late Roman Republic history (not sure why — partly because of parallels with today I suppose, and also just irritated that it’s been a complete gap in my general understanding of the world).
What are you currently reading?
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are”