February is dedicated to Arts Advocacy here on the IT Foundation blog. We are so excited to introduce our first guest blogger this month, Will Maitland Weiss.
Will Maitland Weiss is the executive director of the Arts & Business Council of New York [ABC/NY], which serves the field with volunteer development, professional development, and leadership development. Since 1965, ABC/NY has worked to foster “more creative partnerships” between the arts and business communities; since 2005, ABC/NY has itself partnered with the country’s leading national arts advocacy organization, Americans for the Arts. Weiss served for five years as VP for development and communications for NY City Center; he spent ten years in development at with NY City Opera; and for five years he was marketing director, then development director, then managing director of the Off-Broadway CSC Repertory. He has lectured or consulted on development, marketing, nonprofit management, and/or career development at the City University of NY graduate program in arts administration, and at Brown, NYU, Seton Hall, the University of the Virgin Islands, and his alma mater, Williams College.