FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2020
Contact: Amanda Bertone
(888) 234.4236 Ext. 219
BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services for the arts and culture industry, today announced that María Muñoz-Blanco has joined the firm as Vice President to expand its executive search practice. Ms. Muñoz-Blanco brings more than 25 years of experience in the arts, culture, and public sectors, specifically within arts service, venue management, and grantmaking organizations. Her work in the public sector has focused on improving quality of life in diverse communities, expanding programs and services in the arts and parks, and successfully integrating diverse voices from a broad spectrum of creative organizations and artists. Ms. Muñoz-Blanco will be based in ACG’s new location in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Muñoz-Blanco led public agencies in Dallas, Houston, and Memphis, managing multidisciplinary programs, capital projects, and public-private partnerships with performing arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, and sports and recreational facilities. Leading the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs for nine years, she oversaw 22 city-owned cultural facilities managed directly by her management team or through long-term partnerships with leading arts organizations. She has implemented arts education and literacy programs for youth in multiple settings, capacity building programs for emerging and midsize cultural organizations, public art programs with strong local artist participation opportunities, and a wide array of grants and funding programs.
Ms. Muñoz-Blanco has secured increased public investment in the arts through advocacy and relationship building with elected officials and arts advisory boards. Throughout her career, she has sought opportunities for private investment in public projects, most recently managing a $4.5 million program from a health corporation for the redevelopment of a neighborhood park. Her capital project experience includes opening the $40 million Moody Performance Hall (formerly the Dallas City Performance Hall), planning for a cultural center in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood, and managing $5 million in improvements to the historic Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis.
In making the announcement, ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau said, “ACG is thrilled to have María Muñoz-Blanco join the firm’s executive search team as Vice President. She is known for bringing an array of skills and full-service consulting capabilities in the arts and culture sector. We are confident that her extensive experience with museums, cultural facilities, and performing arts centers, as well as in cultural master planning, will provide our clients with the unique insights their organizations and public agencies need in order to succeed. ACG is also excited to expand its reach into Raleigh and throughout the Southeast.”
“Working in and with arts and cultural organizations for more 25 years, one takeaway is how critical a leadership team’s skills and talents are to the well-being of an organization,” said Ms. Muñoz-Blanco. “Knowing about ACG’s thoughtful and comprehensive approach to executive search, I am excited to join ACG President Dr. Thibodeau, Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite, and the entire ACG team in working with our clients to ensure the best outcome in their leadership transitions.”
Ms. Muñoz-Blanco holds a bachelor of arts in art theory, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, and a master of arts in art history from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has also pursued graduate studies in mass communication and public relations at Florida International University and is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis program. Her community involvement has included serving on the Texans for the Arts Board of Directors and co-chairing the Civic Common Areas and Open Spaces working group of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan.
About Arts Consulting Group (ACG)
Arts Consulting Group (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 senior team members have leadership experience in every type of artistic and cultural discipline, and they seamlessly adapt to clients’ rapidly changing strategies, business models, and operating environments. The firm continues its rapid growth and currently has locations in Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Raleigh, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. ACG employees and consultants are embedded in communities throughout North America to invigorate clients so that they can achieve the delicate balance between cultural impacts and business sustainability. For more information, please visit ArtsConsulting.com or contact info@ArtsConsulting.com or (888) 234.4236.