Introducing the Fall 2013 Blogging Fellows

Kelvin Dinkins, Alison Konecki, and Francesca McKenzie join ArtsFwd as our newest cohort of Blogging Fellows.


We are excited to introduce a new cohort of three new forward thinkers (#FwdThinkers!) to the ArtsFwd team as our Fall Blogging Fellows: Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Alison Konecki, and Francesca McKenzie.

About the Blogging Fellowship

For the next four months, the Fellows will contribute monthly op-eds in which they will introduce provocative ideas and pose big questions about adaptive change, organizational innovation, and the most pressing issues facing the arts and culture field today. Additionally, they will continue the important conversation about the most pressing issues facing the arts and culture field today by sharing their perspectives on others’ posts across the ArtsFwd blog.

Behind the scenes, Fellows will regularly collaborate as a dedicated learning community in an online forum, where they will bounce around ideas, share stories, and provide feedback on each others’ work. In December, the Fellows will join together for a livestreamed video dialogue on a to-be-determined theme that will welcome questions from the public and be hosted on ArtsFwd!

Our fall cohort:

KelvinDinkins HeadshotKelvin Dinkins, Jr. is a Creative Producer-Artist-Manager currently completing an MFA in Theatre Management & Producing at Columbia University and has a Bachelor’s degree in English/Theatre from Princeton University. He has a background in non-profit theatre management and development with an interest in promoting the innovative development of cultural arts institutions and supporting communities that are artistically underserved or in need of a creative renaissance. Kelvin has worked most recently at the National Corporate Theatre Fund, Intiman Theatre, National Artists Management Company and currently serves on the Graduate Board of Trustees for the Princeton University Triangle Club. Follow him on Twitter at @KBD217.


AlisonKonecki.Headshot.ArtsFwdBloggingFellowshipAlison Konecki graduated with a B.A. in Art History and English from Canisius College and received an M.A. in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. While living in Washington, D.C., she was the Development & Community Outreach Coordinator for Transformer. After transplanting to San Francisco in 2012, she became the Development Associate for the FOR-SITE Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to art about place, and held Fellowships with Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA, and California Association of Museums (CAM). An arts and travel writer, she is interested in cultural policy and funding, and is intent on exploring as much of the world’s cultural wealth as possible.



FrancescaMcKenzie HeadshotFrancesca McKenzie is a theater maker, educator, yoga teacher, and community organizer based in New Orleans. She is a company member of Cripple Creek Theater, an ensemble that produces socially and politically relevant plays to spark positive social action. She has worked with numerous theater companies in New Orleans such as Goat in the Road Productions, Southern Rep, and The NOLA Project. She is also a theater arts integration teacher through Kid SmART at several New Orleans Charter Public Schools. Follow her on Twitter @CheskaMcKenzie.




A warm welcome to Kelvin, Alison, and Francesca!

Read about the Blogging Fellowship and past Blogging Fellows here.

Kendra Danowski is the former ArtsFwd Editor & Engagement Coordinator at EmcArts.