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Lane Harwell
Lane Harwell is a nonprofit executive, advocate, educator, and former dancer working to advance New York's independent sector. Lane is currently Executive Director of Dance/NYC, serving more than 1,200 dance makers and companies in the metropolitan area. He previously held the senior development role at the Alliance for the Arts. His history in the arts also includes training at the School of American Ballet and a performance career with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. He holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, a MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA from Princeton University. Lane formerly chaired the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Arts Committee, and he currently chairs the Steering Committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards. He is a New York State Council on the Arts’ panelist for the Regional Economic Development Councils and a member of Committee for the Dance Division at the New York Public Library, the Steering Committee for the New York City Arts Coalition, the Policy Leadership Circle for the Cultural Strategies Initiative, and the Advisory Group for One Percent for Culture. Lane is a current French-American Foundation Young Leader and a graduate of Coro New York Leadership Center's Leadership New York (LNY24).

Entries by Lane Harwell

Where Does Corporate Giving to the Arts Go?

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Recent studies by Americans for the Arts, Giving USA, and others have drawn welcome public attention to the role of corporate giving in the creative ecology -- some sounding alarms and others offering rays of hope.

Now, the organization I run, Dance/NYC, is weighing in with...

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Artists as Global Citizens

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 3:46 PM

I write this entry from Bordeaux, where I join the French-American Foundation's cohort of Young Leaders to dive into transatlantic issues of all stripes with up-and-comers in government, business, media, military, and the nonprofit sector. My role, as I see it here, is to represent and learn for...

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Touring New York Arts and Culture

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:29 PM

It would be a mistake to view New York's arts and culture landscape in isolation, confined to geographic borders. Among the reasons -- there are many -- is that our artists and institutions tour both domestically and abroad, and in doing so act as ambassadors for our metropolitan area and...

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A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 7:10 PM


Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter. In doing so, I invite attention both to the role of community in the potential planning process...

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Resilience and the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 7:05 PM

2014-09-15-sandynycdance.jpg This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two years ago. In doing so, we take critical steps toward a more resilient New York.

First came the...

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Realizing Cross-Sector Collaboration in the Arts: CUNY Offers a Case Study

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:29 PM

For those of us developing strategies to advance the arts and culture, a new program of the City University of New York (CUNY) demonstrates the power of cross-sector collaboration. Announced with fanfare this spring by the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, the

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Arts Testimony for Every City Council District

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:37 PM

I offer testimony for every NYC Council district to support robust allocations in the City's FY 2015 budget to cultural affairs and arts education. As City leadership evaluates multiple priorities for this budget, the first for a new Administration and City Council, I invite it to consider the priorities of...

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Arts Education and the Arts Are One

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 7:46 PM

Envision a New York where arts education and the arts and culture are ever more meaningfully one.

This kind of New York is before us. Getting there requires, right now, supporting new City leadership in its efforts to universalize arts education. I believe it also requires, right now, turns...

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Making Space Solutions for Making Arts and Culture

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:14 PM


There are lessons for the creative sector in the story of 280 Broadway, whose new tenant, Gibney Dance, opens its doors to the community to shape the future. In a real estate climate where too many are losing space and reporting...

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I Testify for Increasing Our City's Cultural Affairs Budget -- Join Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:41 PM

It is fiscal year 2015 budget season for the City of New York and time for all of us to make the case for arts and culture funding. The year began with the release of a Financial Plan, Fiscal Years 2014-2018, which includes a $149 million preliminary fiscal...

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The Power of Digital Storytelling

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:11 PM

New York City's nonprofit community has an opportunity to harness the power of digital storytelling to engage a growing online public and drive contributions, attendance, and other forms of participation. This power was the topic of this recent Engage NYC panel, co-convened as a model of interagency collaboration by NYC...

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Business Support for the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:38 PM

It is not coincidental that New York is a business and cultural capital; business and the arts are one. Arts and culture improve livability, drive tourism and economic development and make the city desirable for businesses and their employees. Robust and strategic corporate giving is critical to realizing these and...

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Holiday Special: Celebrate With Dance and Culture

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Happy holidays to all New Yorkers!

As we ring in the holidays this year, I invite you to engage in dance and culture. There is magic all around us in New York City during this season, with its spirit of togetherness, remembrance, and hope. Much of the magic we are...

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Working Toward a Comprehensive Cultural Plan

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:45 AM

I am writing to advocate the inclusion of a comprehensive cultural plan in the New York City Charter, with thanks to the City Council for introducing this effort.

In my role at Dance/NYC, I am focused exclusively on services for dance teachers and companies in the metropolitan area....

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Opportunities for the Arts in Our New Mayor's One New York

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 5:10 PM

It is official: we have elected new leadership for the City of New York.

I write to welcome Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and state my enthusiasm for working with the new Administration and City Council. I also call on New Yorkers who make and support the arts to act on...

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After Superstorm Sandy: NYC Dance Responds

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Of the videos released so far as part of NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE -- a new visibility campaign spotlighting why dance matters to our city -- there is one I find particularly compelling: this statement from Luanne Sorrentino of Staten Island's St. George Theatre and Mrs. Rosemary's Dance...

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Making NYC Affordable for Artists

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 2:15 PM

David Byrne of Talking Heads offers a much-debated provocation in Creative Time Reports: "the cultural part of the city -- the mind -- has been usurped by the top 1 percent." He goes on to argue that "there is no room for fresh creative types,"...

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Foundations for Dance and Performance

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Monday night's New York Dance and Performance Awards (the Bessies) celebrated the gift of dance and performance to the people of our City. But as the presenters left the spotlight at the end of the evening, I was struck by the stage that was left behind, still glowing...

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