Ruby Lerner

Ruby Lerner

President and Executive Director of Creative Capital

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Charlotte Street Foundation's La Esquina
1000 W. 25th Street
Kansas City, MO

Ruby Lerner presented on and answered questions regarding the Creative Capital's upcoming grant rounds. Creative Capital supports artists creating adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature and emerging fields.


Thank you to all who attended. You can download an audio file of her presentation here.


Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director and President of Creative Capital. Prior to Creative Capital, Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. Having worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields, she served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970s, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York's foremost nonprofit theaters.A native of North Carolina, Lerner worked in the state's visiting artist program following graduate work in theater at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate degree is in comparative religion from Goucher College.

During nearly thirty years in the arts, Lerner has written and lectured extensively on arts issues, served on many boards, steering committees and grantmaking panels, and has consulted with hundreds of arts organizations on audience development and related areas of arts management. She has received the Catalyst Award from the National Association of Artists Organizations (2007), the BAXten Award from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2007), a Creative Leadership Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities (2005), the Artist Advocate Award from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations (2003) and a Special Citation from Artists Space for her support of individual artists (2003). In April 2001, Lerner was the keynote speaker at the annual ArtTable luncheon. Lerner is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, the Goucher College Committee of Visitors and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Innovation Circle. Lerner is also a member of the Charlotte Street Foundation's National Advisory Council.

In 2011, Creative Capital will be considering proposals in the Film/Video and Visual Arts. In 2012, the grant round will re-open for Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts proposals. Far from a traditional funder, Creative Capital is committed to working in long-term partnership with the bold and groundbreaking artists that they fund, making a multi-year financial commitment while providing advisory and professional development services. Creative Capital has a special interest in projects that transcend discipline boundaries and reveal something new about the moment in which we live. Grant inquiry forms will be available on the Creative Capital website February 1st and must be submitted by March 1, 2011. For in-depth information on Creative Capital, including past recipients and current work, please visit www.creative-capital.org.