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Diversity in the performing arts takes center stage at Detroit conference

Jan 31, 2015

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The subject of diversity in the performing arts takes center stage in Detroit this weekend at the 2015 SphinxCon.

The annual conference is hosted by the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based, national non-profit that promotes diversity in the fine arts.

“It speaks to Sphinx’s mission for the arts to be representative of our diverse society,” says Abigayl Venman, Sphinx director of artistic affairs. “And really strive for the arts to be relevant to all facets of our community.”

This year’s speakers include National Endowment for the Arts chair Jane Chu. “She’ll be speaking on the topic of diversity in the arts, her personal experiences, and diversity as it pertains to the national stage,” Venman says.

The weekend is capped by the Sphinx Competition, a classical concert for young black and Latino strings musicians. The winner receives $50,000.