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Overture Center for the Arts announces Edward S. Holmes, PhD. as the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Madison, Wis. — Ted DeDee, President and CEO of Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts, and the Overture Center Foundation Board of Directors announced today that Edward S. Holmes, PhD. (Ed) has joined the staff of the performing arts center.
In 2014, the Board of Overture Center Foundation (OCF) was moved to action after reading the Race to Equity Report issued by the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families and created Overture’s response, the Racial Equity Initiative. “We are thrilled to have Ed join our team to extend Overture’s presence into our communities,” said DeDee. “Our core belief is that the arts are a critical means by which a whole community can come together, celebrate and thrive educationally, artistically, socially and economically.”
A press conference and official welcome will be held at Overture Center on Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m. At this event, Holmes and DeDee, as well as Chairman of the OCF Board, Charlie Saeman, will be available to answer questions from community members and media.
Dr. Holmes has 38 years of experience in community-based and public educational programs including ten years as Principal at Madison West High School. While at this school, Dr. Holmes’ successes included:
“As the principal of West High School, I was responsible for leading a diverse student body and 250 staff members daily. We advanced equity, inclusion and diversity as an institutional value that was at the core of the day to day operation and overall mission, vision and philosophy of the school,” said Holmes. “The opportunity to work with the community using the arts as a catalyst is very exciting.”
Overture’s commitment to racial equity in Madison begins with its mission: to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by creating, encouraging and catalyzing extraordinary experiences. As part of the new initiative, Overture adopted four areas of focus:
“Although some of the initiative’s goals have been met since the initial launch of these focus areas, we are looking to Ed to broaden the reach of Overture through programs that foster the practice that Overture is here for everyone,” added DeDee.
Dr. Holmes began his employment at Overture Center on Monday, August 15, 2016.
Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies, and hundreds of local artists engage nearly half a million people in educational and artistic experiences each year. Overture.org