“The first risks that are taken—and maybe the greatest risks—are in the artists’ own studio and in their own mind,” noted Sam Miller, President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, when we asked him about the relationship between risk and artistic process. Today, artists can more freely take artistic risks by bringing their work directly to audiences “in an unmediated way.”
Sam Miller is the president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. In 1991, he founded the Cambodian Artists Project, a continuing effort to restore and advance Cambodian performing arts. Miller also founded and is the director of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. He has served as managing director of Pilobolus, Executive Director and President of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. He served as a Center dance panelist and LOI panelist in 2013, Pew Fellowships evaluator in 2014, and Pew Fellowships Panel Chair in 2015.