doug shipman smiling wearing suit jacket outside the woodruff arts center in atlanta

Making Art Accessible and Relevant

Source: Georgia Trend.

Doug Shipman assumed leadership of Atlanta’s 50-year old Woodruff Arts Center in July 2017. The center, founded in 1968 as a tribute to arts patrons who died in a plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris, houses the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre.

Over the years, it has expanded its mission to reflect the diversity of its home base and to emphasize education and outreach as well as exhibitions and performances. The center serves some 200,000 Georgia children every year, via teacher training, presentations or hosting the busloads of students who visit regularly.

Shipman, an Arkansas native and graduate of Emory University, was the founding CEO of Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

He talked to Georgia Trend Editor-at-Large Susan Percy at Woodruff. Following are edited highlights from the interview.

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