Marcus Performing Arts Center
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Marcus Center Hires New Director of Community Engagement and Diversity

Anthony D. Smith will steward all the Marcus Center’s current and future community engagement programs.

By - Jul 23rd, 2018 09:23 am

MILWAUKEE, WI (Monday, July 23, 2018)-The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce and welcome Anthony D. Smith as its new Director of Community Engagement and Diversity. Anthony will be responsible for community engagement strategic planning, audience development, communication, educational outreach, cultural programming, workforce development, customer service and other engagement initiatives for the Marcus Center.

“We are very excited to have Anthony join our team,” said Paul Mathews, Marcus Center President & CEO. “His enthusiasm about our programs and his desire to help us continue to deepen relationships in the community will be significant as we strive to be the premier community-friendly Arts Center incorporating and celebrating diversity in all aspects of what we do.”

Anthony will steward all the Marcus Center’s current and future community engagement programs including: Arts Connect, Family First Nights, Opening Our Doors, KidZ Days, Dr. MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration and Cantos de las Americas.

Anthony brings 30 years of experience in marketing and community relations in both the media and health industries. He has a proven record of developing long term business relationships and his strong, winning attitude will complement and enhance the Marcus Center’s ability to meet the needs of our patrons and partners.

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The Marcus Center acts as an energizing force that connects our community to the world through collaboration, innovation, social engagement and the transformative power of live performing arts.

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The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s world-class gathering place for all.
Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center moves into its 49th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Associated Bank, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at  The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.

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