The Aspen Institute Arts Program

The Aspen Institute Arts Program was established to support and invigorate the arts in America, and to return them to the center of the Aspen Institute’s “Great Conversation.” Directed by Damian Woetzel, it brings together artists, advocates, educators, managers, foundations, and government officials to exchange ideas and to develop policies and programs that strengthen the reciprocal relationship between the arts and society.

Special Programs

Events at Hunter

The Aspen Institute Arts Program partners with Hunter College regularly to bring arts events to students.

Past Speakers Include:

Thelma Golden – Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem. 

Adam D. Weinberg -Alice Pratt Brown Director at the Whitney Museum

Eric Fischl – Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor.

Phil Klay – Phil Klay has a MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. His book “Redeployment” won the National Book Award.

Larry Kramer – Larry Kramer is the award-winning playwright of “The Normal Heart,” and longitme gay rights advocate.

Rocco Landesman – Rocco Landesman served as the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his post at the NEA, Landesman was a longtime theater producer.

Jamie Bennet – Jamie Bennet is the Executive Director of ArtPlace America.


Click here for information on past and upcoming programs. 

Past Collaboration