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Adam Perry

Vice President for Strategy & Programs
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Adam Perry provides strategic leadership for Arts Midwest’s programming, grant making, arts leadership, and community engagement initiatives.

Since joining Arts Midwest in 2006, Adam has led many major cultural programs including Carvanserai, The Big Read Egypt/U.S., and NEA Big Read Films. He also produced the documentary film Muse of Fire for the NEA’s special initiative Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.

Adam began his career in theatre production and performing arts presenting. Prior to joining Arts Midwest, he served as director of operations for the Live National/Broadway Across America’s North Central Region as well as various roles including programming and producing manager at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

Adam uses he/him/his pronouns and identifies as a person with blindness.

Areas of Expertise

Strategic planning, organizational leadership, financial management, international cultural engagement, government and foundation relations, music, theater and film producing and touring, project management, grantmaking, event planning, accessibility.

Media and Publications

Adam Perry: World Traveler – 60,000 Miles This Year…But Who’s Counting? (Blind Abilities Podcast)
Creative Peacemaking in Fergus Falls (Pollen)
Strategy In Motion (Arts Midwest)
Navigating a Path to Leadership (Arts Midwest)


Adam holds a B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Wittenberg University and an M.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University.


Adam is a Bush Foundation Fellow and earned an Executive Scholar in Non-Profit Management Certification from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Creative Life

A self-described “reformed musical theater performer,” Adam is an avid arts patron who is learning Spanish, feels Braille, plays guitar, reads everything, travels anywhere and loves baseball.

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