New President & CEO Says She’s ‘At The Right Place At The Right Time’ To Lead August Wilson Center


What does the typical work day for the head of a major arts organization look like? According to Janis Burley Wilson, it’s unpredictable. Burley Wilson is the newly appointed President and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. 

For many, Burley Wilson has become a symbol of hope for the once financially troubled center. When the August Wilson Center opened its doors in 2009, it was already $11 million  in debt; a situation that Burley Wilson said was difficult to overcome. 

Arts organizations rely heavily on the funding community and private donations for large percentages of their annual revenue, and it’s not unusual for an arts-based organization to fall short of its financial goals. Many of the major arts groups in the region have struggled in some financial…

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