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Linda is a graduate of the Indiana School of Music and currently resides in Montclair, NJ with her husband Martin and children Jonah and Molly Rae.
Martin Wollesen Executive Director Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland Board member through January 2018 Martin Wollesen became executive cirector of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in September 2013. In this role he provides innovative and strategic leadership for the Center's programmatic, educational and community outreach activities and contributes to the fundraising efforts of the organization. With collaboration as a core operating tenant, Wollesen works with university leadership and campus partners to advance the Center's mission, strengthen faculty and student relationships and cultivate new and existing community connections. Wollesen came to the Clarice Smith Center from University of California at San Diego where he served dual roles. As artistic director for ArtPower!, Wollesen provided artistic vision and strategic direction to the organization, the university's premiere multi-presenting arts program in dance, music, spoken word and film. ArtPower! offers diverse artistic experiences that foster self-exploration with an emphasis on risk-taking and the unknown. These principles are familiar to Wollesen, who had an international upbringing. Residing in places like Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Portugal and Israel and witnessing street performance, cultural festivals and operas, for him the arts are linked to cultural identity. As artistic director for ArtPower!, Wollesen created and implemented the Innovator-in-Residence Program that explores the intersections between the sciences and the arts; The Loft, a performance lounge and wine bar, the only venue of its kind on a college campus; Wonderland, an international festival of contemporary dance; and the Place Matters Project, the most comprehensive, interdisciplinary arts initiative in the university's history where non-performing arts students worked with Brooklyn-based dance ensemble Urban Bush Women to create movement pieces that enriched their connections to campus. He also inaugurated ArtPower! Film, a series of interactive film experiences that complement and extend the performing arts program. At UC San Diego, Wollesen also served as the director of the University Events Office, overseeing arts and event programs that enhance student life and support community involvement with the university, including campus traditions such as New Student Convocation, All Grad Campus Celebration and the Sun God Festival. The University Events Office was also responsible for the UCSD Box Office, University Artist/Speaker Contract Management, and University Music Licensing. Wollesen serves on the board of directors for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and California Presenters. He previously served in board roles with the Western Arts Alliance and San Diego Performing Arts League. In 2012, he was awarded the Western Arts Alliance Vanguard Award for innovation in the arts for The Loft as UCSD. In 2011 he was named as San Diego Magazine's 50 People to Watch.?
News · University System of Maryland Foundation
The University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has named long-time arts administrator Martin Wollesen as executive director.
Wollesen of the Clarice Touts Bringing Arts to Younger Audiences | The Georgetowner
Martin Wollesen at the George Town Club March 12.
Martin Wollesen at the George Town Club March 12. Outside, it looked as if the long, baleful tide of winter storms and stress seemed to have abated. If spring had not entirely sprung, the temperatures and the air, if not the pot holes, were entirely welcome. It seemed that the presence of Martin Wollesen, the executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland as the speaker of the Georgetown Media Group's monthly Cultural Leadership Breakfast at the George Town Club, fit the new spirit of spring-like optimism and energy on March 12. Wollesen, who came to Maryland in 2013 to head the Clarice after a provocative and exhilarating stint as the artistic director for ArtPower! at the University of California, San Diego, in attitude, spirit and energy, presented as nothing less than a cultural and performing arts pied piper, charging ahead into a changed arts ecology, dropping ideas like from flowers from a bouquet, some of which could also pass for bombshells. The Clarice on the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park, a place usually known for its embrace of its Terrapin football and basketball program especially with the approach of March Madness, is something of a hidden treasure for Washington arts enthusiasts, who tend not to venture too far afield from a city, rich with an abundance of big, medium-sized and small performance arts offerings. Yet, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center should not be ignored, and neither should Wollesen, a nervy, intriguing spokesman not only for the Clarice, but for the arts in general. This is a man who's lived a life rooted in diversity-born in Northern California, raised in Singapore and the Philippines, often in his youth running to the sounds of crisis in lands far away from our comfort zone. He lived in the Philippines when it was ruled by President Ferdinand Marcos, he lived on a kibbutz near trouble zone borders. "I wanted to go where bombings were happening," he admitted. "But at the kibbutz, all I did was to end up painting toys for children. When you're young, you think you're invincible," he told us. That range of experience may account for his willingness to listen to, be more than tolerant of, and try out new ideas about the performance arts, how they're presented, their audience and artists. "We're living in a rapidly changing society, and the arts I think will have to change, too," he said. "You can see it happening. There's a whole new audience out there, and a whole new world of technology. We need to draw these tech-savvy audiences to us, and we need to come to them, too." Wollesen is all about collaboration, about recognizing the new arts environment and the likely audiences. He appeared to be delighted in the examples he unloaded from his diverse bouquet of ideas. "In San Diego, we had this young, very talented and well known string quartet, and there were a lot of students in the audience and they loved it and so after every movement they jumped up and applauded, which, in the world of classical music is a no-no, it just isn't done. So some regular patrons were very upset, and suggested I tell people not to applaud. But I also talked to the artists, and they said, no, we loved what they did." Stressing that new audiences are linked to technology and that presenters should embrace the technology and understand it, Wollesen said, "When you see people texting or tweating, I know a lot of people find that annoying. At the Clarice, Wollesen has quite a playground to operate in.
Maryland | Study In States
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has named long-time arts administrator Martin Wollesen as executive director.
San Diego Downtown Rotary Club 33
Martin Wollesen, Director, ArtPower, UCSD
Wollesen will discuss some of the exciting innovations and initiatives in arts engagement through ArtPower! at UC San Diego.