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Sam Miller, 2015. Photo courtesy of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

Questions of Practice: Arts Leader Sam Miller on Risk and Artistic Process

The Center was honored to work with influential arts leader Sam Miller who passed away in May 2018, as a grant panelist in dance and Pew Fellowships. Miller served the arts community in a variety of capacities: as founder and director of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2010-16), and in leadership positions at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the New England Foundation for the Arts, among others. In 2015, we spoke with him about the relationship between risk and artistic process. “The first risks that are taken—and maybe the greatest risks—are in the artists’ own studio and in their own mind,” Miller told us.

Sam Miller, filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on May 6, 2015.