María Muñoz-Blanco joined ACG in 2020, bringing 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.
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 partnership with 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.
“At the heart of successful arts and cultural organizations are passionate leaders with the ability to generate enthusiasm and inspire stakeholders to marshal their creative forces in pursuit of the organization’s artistic and business goals. It is a balancing act that requires creativity, analytical skills, great situational awareness, and a high degree of adaptability.”
“Leadership transitions are a critical point in the development of an arts and cultural organization. Taking inventory of organizational strengths, priorities, and obstacles will help board and staff members identify the skills and personal traits that a new leader will need in order to bring the organization to its next stage.”
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.
Ms. Muñoz-Blanco's client work includes:
Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Center for Craft
City of Aspen - Wheeler Opera House
Fund for the Arts
Interlochen Center for the Arts
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Mass Cultural Council
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Ocean County College - Grunin Center for the Arts
Public Theater of San Antonio