Ernest Disney-Britton, Director of Grant Services & Education Partnerships
B.A. in Arts Management, M.A. in Philanthropic Communication, and Ph.D. student of Communication
(317) 631-3301 ext. 235
Provenance: Cincinnati, Ohio
Current neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis, IN
First Job: Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, a community arts center
If I weren't an arts administrator, I would be: A teacher, like the rest of my family
Inspiration: Contemporary religious art
Reading: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
Listening to: Every song by the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus
Zen Moment: Easter Mass
Current Project: Any Given Child Indy, an arts in education partnership with the Kennedy Center and Indianapolis Public Schools.
Dream Project: I’m living my dream project as a program officer for the arts.
What artist/musician (living or deceased) would you like to have dinner with and where would you take them? Salvador Dali, and I’d take him to Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles because it is fun!
Love about the Indy arts scene: The collaboration between arts organizations.
When you are not out crusading for the arts, where can we find you? In Brooks Brothers buying a new blue shirt.
Chair of Board of Directors Edison School of the Arts; Art Gallery Committee for Indiana Interchurch; and previous grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts - Arts Education (2018), and also Local Arts Agencies (2016). Also previous grant panelist for Oklahoma Arts Council (2017) and the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, S.C. (2018).