August Wilson African American Cultural Center Announces New Members of Leadership Team

Three administrators have been appointed to integral positions by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, with the anticipation that they will “play instrumental roles in advancing the institution’s mission.”

Amanda Brandes

The announcement on Thursday, June 29, welcomed Amanda Brandes as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Sheila Rawlings as Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, and Kimberly Jacobs as Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator. 

“These accomplished individuals bring a wealth of experience and a shared commitment to African American arts and culture, further solidifying AWAACC’s position as a leading cultural institution,” the announcement said.

Sheila Rawlings

Brandes and Rawlings “round out” the senior leadership staff of AWAACC, joining Orlando Watson, Senior Director of Programming, who joined the team last year. 

Brandes comes to the center with more than two decades of experience, including expanding education and community engagement programs at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she served as Senior Director, Foundation and Corporate Partnerships. It is expected that her expertise in fundraising and partnerships will be instrumental in advancing AWAACC’s institutional goals.

Kimberly Jacobs

Rawlings’ “diverse background in healthcare, research, and the law provides a unique perspective and skill set to drive AWAACC’s fundraising efforts.”

Jacobs brings more than 10 years of expertise in arts administration, curation and public programming to her new role. 

“With their collective expertise, dedication and passion for African American arts and culture, the new team has been selected to lead AWAACC into a new era of artistic excellence and community impact,’ ensuring the legacy of August Wilson continues to thrive,” the announcement said.

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