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Adam Perry to step down in July 2021

Vice President of Programs and Strategy Adam Perry oversaw major regional, national, and international initiatives during 15-year tenure, leading and growing Arts Midwest’s programming portfolio.


Adam Perry moderates a panel at the 2019 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Arts Midwest Vice President of Programs and Strategy Adam Perry to step down in July 2021

Minneapolis, MN – Arts Midwest announces the resignation of Vice President of Programs and Strategy Adam Perry, effective July 2021. Adam, who joined Arts Midwest in 2006, has provided leadership for the organization’s programming, grant making, touring, and arts education initiatives over the last 15 years. He is leaving to explore different interests and career opportunities.

“Adam has been an important member of the Arts Midwest leadership team, especially in this past year of uncertainty and reimagining,” shares Torrie Allen, Arts Midwest President & CEO. “His work to lead and grow our program portfolio has helped bring artists, arts leaders, and audiences together to strengthen the Midwest and its many, vibrant communities.” 

Early in his tenure at Arts Midwest, Adam served as senior advisor and producer of Muse of Fire, a documentary film for the National Endowment for the Arts’ special initiative Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. This project offered a creative space for military personnel to express themselves in poetry and prose. Adam also led The Big Read Egypt/U.S., a collaborative project of the U.S. Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts, and U.S. Embassy in Cairo that brought Americans and Egyptians together to share the simple joy of reading great literature.

One of Adam’s flagship projects at Arts Midwest was serving as national director of Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet. A groundbreaking international cultural engagement initiative that connected American audiences to performing and media artists from the Muslim world, Adam produced 15 performing arts tours from 2011-2016. His leadership of this initiative was lauded for leveraging the role of artists as cultural ambassadors, and for inviting audiences across every region of the United States to experience music, dance, and creativity from Muslim artists in Pakistan, Morocco, Turkey, Malaysia, and the United States.

In 2017, Adam was promoted to Vice President of Programs and Strategy. In that capacity, he oversaw much of Arts Midwest’s program portfolio, including its federal grant programs. He also supported the creation and launch of We the Many, a new program that uses performing arts residencies to expand the understanding of what it means to be a Midwesterner. In 2020, Adam also oversaw the distribution of more than $3 million in public and private relief funding through the CARES Act and the new United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.

In his resignation, Adam said, ‘While I love my work and colleagues at Arts Midwest, I feel that the moment has come for me to step away and consider what challenges and opportunities might await me for this next phase of my career.”

Adam began his career in theatre producing 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.

In 2015, Adam was awarded a prominent Bush Fellowship. Part of the Bush Foundation’s investment in the development of leaders with records of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in the region. Adam has served on the Board of Directors for VSA Minnesota, the state organization for arts and accessibility, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. He is currently a trustee of the Awesome Foundation’s Disability Chapter.


Arts Midwest is currently working on identifying its strategic leadership needs and structure. We will share new opportunities to join our team on our Employment Opportunities page when they become available.