Facilities and program planning
Institutional strategic planning
Industry veteran Dr. Michael Blachly joined ACG in 2015 as vice president to lead the firm’s Facilities & Program Planning practice. Currently serving as senior advisor, Dr. Blachly brings more than forty years of extensive experience in presenting, producing, and managing arts organizations, including leadership roles at North America’s most prestigious institutions.
Previously, Dr. Blachly served as director of University of Florida Performing Arts, a position he held since 2000. Dr. Blachly oversaw operations of the University of Florida’s comprehensive presenting organization, including performances at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, University Auditorium, Baughman Center, Squitiert Studio Theatre, and Stephen C. O’Connell Center. In addition, he served as a campus wide resource, including co-chairing the University Sesquicentennial Celebration and Presidential Inauguration. He is credited with expanding the University’s diverse offerings, increasing ticket sales, and bringing artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Twyla Tharp, Laurie Anderson, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béla Fleck, and many others to Gainsville — enhancing the quality of life for the greater region.
Other previous roles include serving as director of UCLA Performing Arts; director of campus center and student activities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and director of student activities at Colorado State University. In the private sector, his management experience includes serving as vice president and west coast director of sales for Columbia Artists Management; vice president of Bill Fegan Attractions; and assistant vice president for the 1982 World’s Fair.
“Cultural facilities provide the means to bring citizens together with artists from local, national, and international communities. The artistic exchange between artist and audience member is one of the most dynamic opportunities of growing intellectually and culturally while broadening one’s perspective on life.”
“The visceral connectivity from the artists’ focus to the audience members’ reception is an exchange that is rich in the rewards obtained by both as a result of the experience. This can be a true igniting of cultural and artistic connections.”
“Civic venues across our country are treasures rich in attributes for citizens in their surrounding communities. Culturally diverse programs can educate, enlighten, enrich, and entertain people of all ages.”
Dr. Blachly has a long history of volunteerism and community service, including serving as chair of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; board of directors member of Chamber Music America; board of directors member of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents; board of directors vice president of California Presenters; and 2000 congress chairman of the National Conference of the International Society of Performing Arts.
Dr. Blachly holds a bachelor of arts in speech and theatre / psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a master of arts in communication theory / sociology from Washington State University, and a PhD in educational psychology / higher education administration from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Blachly’s professional and client work includes:
1982 World’s Fair
Colorado State University
Columbia Artists Management
National Endowment for the Arts
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Florida
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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