CAPA mourns the loss of President and CEO William B. Conner Jr. | 1952-2016

October 31st, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA is mourning the passing of our President and CEO, William B. Conner Jr. After a two-year battle with cancer, Conner died last week at the age of 64, surrounded by loved ones.

He was named president and CEO of CAPA in July 2002. In his more than 14 years in that role, he pioneered the implementation of a shared service business model at CAPA, an innovative concept in the arts industry that garnered nationwide attention. As such, CAPA provides personalized back office services to local arts organizations in areas such as marketing, publicity, ticketing, finance, human resources, IT, management, operations, and development per each organization’s needs.

Current organizations utilizing CAPA’s shared services include the Columbus Symphony, CATCO, Drexel Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory, McCoy Center for the Arts, Lincoln Theatre Association, and Opera Columbus. He also expanded CAPA’s agreement with Broadway Across America in 2009, making CAPA a partner in all Broadway in Columbus presentations.

Under Conner’s tenure, CAPA also helmed the $13.9 million renovation of the Lincoln Theatre (reopened in 2009) and $2.5 million renovation of the Drexel Theatre (reopened in 2016). After being approached by the City of Columbus in 2009, Conner also took on production of Festival Latino.

CAPA grieves the loss of not only a great leader, but a great friend. We join in the family’s heartache at his loss, but also celebrate his generous spirit, exuberant character, and kind heart. We are a better organization, and better people, for having known him.

Bill Conner

To read more about Bill Conner, here is an article from The Columbus Dispatch.

 

Columbus Open Studio & Stage: Details!

October 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love taking you behind the scenes, and so does Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS)! On October 8 and 9, we are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever COSS tour, a citywide event offering you backstage tours of some of your favorite venues.

The idea stems from four women—Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, and Amy Leibrand—who dreamed up the idea of giving the public the opportunity to go behind the scenes and connect with artists and venues in a way that’s never been done before. Together, they approached the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign, and the match seemed natural. “This event fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art marketing campaign,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications, and events at GCAC. “[It] highlights the incredibly talented artists of our city and introduces new audiences to Columbus’s unique arts scene.”

Here’s how it works: for $10, you can buy a map that grants you behind-the-scenes access to participating performance venues and visual artist studios. After purchasing your map, you will be invited to register for guided backstage tours at the performance venues or self-guided tours of the artist studios.

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Participating performance venues include the Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live, CD102.5 Big Room, Shadowbox Live, and the Short North Stage’s Garden Theater.

Participating visual artist studios Brooke Albrecht, Laura Alexander, John Bolzenius, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown, Katherine Crowley, Anita Dawson, Katerina Harris, Maira Hashmi, Lisa Horkin, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Linda Langhorst, G.W. Leach, Julie Macala, Michael McEwan, Kristin Morris, Elena Osterwalder, Jeff Regensburger, Nikos Rutkowski, Carol Stewart, Joshua Stewart, April Sunami, Stephen Takacs, Brian Williams, Roger Williams, and Matt Wolcott.