Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation at the National Endowment for the Arts, is responsible for exploring, examining and identifying innovative and/or emerging practices, programs and endeavors in the arts that are transformative and deserving of support. Mr. O’Brien also served as the Agency’s lead on the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge Before coming the NEA, he worked for seven years as Producing Director and Managing Director for Deaf West Theater.


"And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: New Non-Profit Models for Arts Journalism"
On October 10, the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts announced the winners of the first Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, projects based in Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose. That same day, the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announced its 2011 Fellows and Engine29.org “Pop-up” Lab in Los Angeles. Both of these initiatives are evidence of growth in non-profit models for arts journalism and new institutional recognition that the field contributes positively to community building around the arts in the urban environment. This roundtable will ask what the individual projects awarded can tell us about future roles for arts journalists and critics as engaged participants in various musical scenes nationwide