CultureSource has announced the appointment of Omari Rush as Executive Director of the organization, effective September 25, 2017. CultureSource is the region’s umbrella organization for arts and cultural institutions.
Omari joins CultureSource from the Ann Arbor Art Center, where he serves as vice president of strategic initiatives. Other leadership positions at the Art Center have included director of external relations and curator of public programs. Omari was also the Education Manager at UMS for nearly a decade under the auspices of president emeritus and former CultureSource board member Ken Fischer.
Omari has spent his entire career in the arts and culture sector, serving as vice chair for the governor-appointed Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs since 2013, on the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, as well as Arts Midwest. In addition, he is on an advisory committee for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Washington D.C. Omari is also a graduate of the #1 music school in the country—the University of Michigan.
Omari will be a great addition to the CultureSource team, providing strong leadership at this critical time for the arts and cultural community in Southeast Michigan. Please join me in welcoming Omari to CultureSource.
Here is a link to the Crain’s Detroit Business story on the move: “Culture Source names new executive director.”
From those of us at DetroitPerforms, please know we are at your service in your work to advance the arts and cultural communities in Southeast Michigan and the world beyond, Mr. Rush. Good luck!
Details from CultureSource:
CultureSource Names New Executive Director
Omari Rush, brings extensive arts management, leadership expertise to southeast Michigan arts community
Detroit, Aug. 28, 2017 – CultureSource, the alliance of arts and culture non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan, is pleased to announce that Omari Rush will be its next executive director. Utilizing his extensive community arts leadership background, Rush will drive advocacy, capacity building, communications and membership services efforts to support the organization’s mission of enriching southeast Michigan’s arts and cultural community. Rush begins his new role on September 25.
“We are very excited to have Omari join our strong CultureSource team. We believe he will be a great addition and an outstanding leader with the ability to take the organization to the next level,” said Rich Homberg, CultureSource board chair and president and CEO of Detroit Public Television. “He has a deep knowledge of, and passion for, the arts and culture of Detroit and Ann Arbor, as well as a great understanding of the community on a state and national level, both of which will serve our organization well.”
In his role as vice president of strategic initiatives at the Ann Arbor Art Center, Rush was responsible for growing the organization’s financial capacity and resources, managing highly visible public arts projects for the City of Ann Arbor and supervising the development staff. Before this role, he held several other leadership positions at the art center, including director of external relations and curator of public programs. Prior to joining the Ann Arbor Art Center in 2014, he worked as education manager of University Musical Society (UMS) at the University of Michigan, one of the oldest performing arts presentation organizations in the country.
“I feel tremendous optimism about working with CultureSource to cultivate an even more collaborative, engaged and accessible arts and culture sector,” said Rush. “And knowing this work is broadly in service of southeast Michigan is a particular point of pride and a constant motivator.”
Rush has spent his life in the cultural arena and is actively involved in many arts and culture organizations around the country. He has served as vice chair for the governor-appointed Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs since 2013 and is on the board of directors for the Washington D.C.-based National Assembly of State Arts Agencies as well as Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. In addition, he is on an advisory committee for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Washington D.C.
“Since meeting Omari 14 years ago, no single individual I’ve met has demonstrated greater curiosity about the world, engaged with more leaders from diverse fields, designed more inventive educational and cultural experiences for people of all ages, or shown greater commitment to serving his many communities than him”, said Kenneth C. Fischer, president emeritus, UMS, and former CultureSource board member. “Omari, who has garnered the admiration and respect of educational, cultural, business and government leaders, is the ideal person to lead CultureSource.”
A true ambassador of community arts, Rush also writes a monthly digital magazine column featuring art activities in Washtenaw Country called “Essential Arts Events” and is a co-host of the monthly WEMU radio program “Art and Soul,” which highlights artists, exhibitions and visual arts events in Washtenaw County.
Rush earned a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He also is a member of the Next Generation of Philanthropists of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
CultureSource is a member association for non-profit arts and culture organizations in Southeast Michigan.
CultureSource strengthens the arts and culture sector in Southeast Michigan through advocacy, capacity building and marketing resources in order to cultivate an innovative, collaborative, diverse and engaged community.