Accomplished Musician, Social Justice Advocate, and Educator Calida N. Jones Joins Arts Consulting Group as Vice President

Calida N. Jones Vice President Washington, DC Planning & Capacity BuildingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2021
Contact: Amanda Bertone
(888) 234.4236 Ext. 219

BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that Calida N. Jones has joined the firm as Vice President to expand the planning and capacity building areas of the firm. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Jones brings more than 20 years of experience in planning, workshop and curriculum development, project management, and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives. Passionate about intentional and purposeful mentoring and community engagement, her personal mission is to ensure that those with limited resources have access to arts opportunities and activities. She is also committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills and community building.

Ms. Jones has provided strategic guidance to organizations across the country, supporting and assisting arts organizations in the creation and achievement of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access goals. Ms. Jones most recently served as the Director of Engagement of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Her key responsibilities included organizing and implementing a faculty development training program, collaborating with the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office, and curating external community partnerships with local and national youth arts agencies. She also led the ideation and development of a collective vision and effective strategic plan that championed the importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in the learning environment.

Previously as Program Director for Music Matters and Conductor of the Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the Charter Oak Culture Center, Ms. Jones oversaw student recruitment and retention, curriculum design, community engagement, performance management, and evaluation. She also served as Director of Development and Advocacy for the El Sistema-inspired program PROJECT MUSIC and as Artistic Director of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema-inspired program Bravo Waterbury!.

In making the announcement, ACG Senior Vice President Douglas R. Clayton said, “Calida Jones will make a wonderful contribution to the ACG team and the many cultural organizations that we serve. In addition to her passion for community building through the arts, she brings a wealth of knowledge in planning, education and training, and equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives that will be instrumental to our clients’ success.”

“I am thrilled and humbled to be joining the ranks of ACG,” said Ms. Jones. “As the newest member to the team, I plan to bring my knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, advocacy, and community engagement to enhance its credence in the work of community-centered practices, project development, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Ms. Jones currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance and as Board Clerk for El Sistema USA, where she also chairs the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee. A TEDx speaker in San Jose, Ms. Jones has had the privilege of speaking at prestigious institutions such as Yale School of Music, Duke University, The Connecticut State Capitol, and The Hartt School. She has received numerous honors during her career, including a scholar fellowship at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship, Grammy Music Educator Award nomination, 2018 Connecticut Arts Hero Award, and the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award for her work in Waterbury, Connecticut. Ms. Jones holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in violin performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of music degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from The Hartt Schoola.



About Arts Consulting Group (ACG)

ACG is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, strategic planning & community engagement, facilities & program planning, and other capacity building services for the arts and culture industry. Founded in 1997, ACG is a full-service firm that effectively works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and for-profit entities that operate in the creative industries. The firm takes a contemporary approach to client challenges and opportunities focused on growing institutions, advancing arts and culture, and enhancing communities. ACG team members have leadership experience in every artistic and cultural discipline and they seamlessly adapt to clients’ rapidly changing strategies, business models, and operating environments. The firm currently has locations in Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit or contact or (888) 234.4236.

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