Sunday, February 13, 2011

Guest Blogger: Norma P. Munn


We would like to thank Adam Huttler for his blog last week that challenged us all to rethink who our advocacy allies are.

We are excited to welcome this week's guest blogger Norma P. Munn.

Norma P. Munn is one of the founders of the New York City Arts Coalition, a citywide arts advocacy group established in 1986 dealing with public policy, First Amendment concerns, and budget issues at the City and State level, and currently serves as its Chair -- a position she has held since its inception.She was also the founder and President of the Artists Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU); served on the Working Group for Culture Counts: Strategies for a More Vibrant Cultural Life for New York City; was a member of the Advisory Group to the Special Committee on Lower Manhattan established after 9/11 by the City Council to work with them on issue affecting the re-development of Lower Manhattan; and assisted in establishing the statewide arts advocacy organization in New York State in the mid-eighties, and was a member of its coordinating committee for over a decade.

Her previous professional experience includes the management of modern dance companies, as well as serving as Executive Director for the national service organization for professional nonprofit dance companies.  She is the former Executive Director of The Foundation for the Community of Artists, a national membership organization for individual artists.  During her tenure their health insurance program grew from providing coverage to 500 artists to over 3600 artists. Ms. Munn also served for four years as administrator of the S.A.F.E., an emergency fund for arts organizations in Manhattan. In 2005, Ms. Munn received the BAX award for outstanding administrator for the arts in New York City. She was the 2006 recipient of the Susan Kennedy Award, which is given to one arts administrator each year whose work has benefited the larger cultural sector. She also recently received the 2010 Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists.

Currently Munn serves on the One Percent for Cultural Campaign’s Steering Committee, aimed at increasing City funding to the cultural sector.  She also represents the NY City Arts Coalition on the newly formed statewide advocacy coalition, NYS Arts Coalition.

Norma P. Munn
Chairperson, New York City Arts Coalition
npmunn at nycityartscoalition dot org   

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