Durell Cooper is one the nation’s most prominent cultural strategists specializing in systems change and collaborative thought leadership. Prior to founding Cultural Innovation Group, LLC , he was a Program Officer at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). He also worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. in the Marketing Department conducting outreach to veteran service organizations and for Lincoln Center Education recruiting and training teaching artists as well as several community engagement initiatives aimed at increasing equity and inclusion in NYC public schools. Prior to that he was a public school teacher. Durell is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Durell is a highly sought after public speaker presenting at Lincoln Center Education’s Summer Forum, the New York City Arts and Education Roundtable’s Face to Face Conference, and for the National Guild for Community Arts Education as well as other engagements. Durell is a 2018 Graduate of Stanford’s Impact Program for Arts Leaders (IPAL) as well as a 2017 graduate of the National Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate at New York University. Current/Former Clients Include: NYC Department of Education Lincoln Center Education New York State Council on the Arts National Guild for Community Arts Education City College of New York City
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