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Arts Leadership Summit

The Sullivan County Arts Leadership Summit is a strategic initiative to ensure the vibrancy, relevance, and sustainability of the arts in Sullivan County. By fostering a collective approach to addressing challenges, sharing resources, and planning for the future, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and its partners are committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of Sullivan County and ensuring the arts continue to play a pivotal role in the county’s identity and quality of life.

We invite you to join us in making this inaugural event a big success.


In light of the unique social and cultural landscape of Sullivan County, NY, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), in its role as the Arts Council of Sullivan County, is hosting an Arts Leadership Summit to take place Friday, April 12, 2024 at Krause Hall. 

Sullivan County’s arts and culture sector is a vital component of its identity, offering potential for economic development, community engagement, and social cohesion. However, expanding local and outside audiences, navigating funding landscapes, and achieving social impact requires coordinated efforts, effective planning, and shared resources.

This event will bring together policymakers, leaders of local social impact organizations, and leaders from local cultural organizations to foster a resilient and interconnected cultural ecosystem that not only addresses present challenges but also paves the way for a thriving future for the arts.

Ariel Shanberg

Ariel Shanberg (he/him) was appointed as Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in June 2017. Just the second director in the organization’s history, he brings over 20 years of leadership experience rooted in Upstate New York’s cultural community. Prior to joining DVAA, he served as Executive Director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock from 2003 – 2015.

Professionally, Ariel has served on grant review panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Arts Mid-Hudson, CNY Arts as well as various foundation grants and fellowship opportunities. He has lectured about art and professional practices at such schools as Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, Parsons, Syracuse University, Bucknell College, and University of the Arts. He has served in leadership roles for various initiatives including the New York State Artist Workspace Consortium and Hudson Valley Collections Consortium.  In 2012 Shanberg was selected to be a NAMAC National Leadership Fellow.

As a curator, Ariel has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Dorsky Museum, Islip Art Museum, Light Factory, University of North Texas Art Gallery, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His writing on artists has been featured in monographs, exhibition catalalogs, and several publications including Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art.  

A past member and Treasurer of the board of directors at the Society for Photographic Education, he currently serves on the board of directors of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.

Eli Dvorkin

Eli Dvorkin is the Editorial & Policy Director at the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), where he oversees the development of all publications and advances CUF’s research and recommendations on the critical policy challenges facing the city and state.

Eli’s work has inspired new investments and policy changes in areas that reflect his wide-ranging research expertise: supporting working artists and arts organizations, expanding access to good jobs, bolstering under resourced entrepreneurs, strengthening public parks infrastructure, and making New York a more livable city and state for people of all ages and abilities.

He was named to the 2023 40 Under 40 list by Crain’s New York Business and was selected as a 2023-2024 Coro Leadership New York Fellow. He graduated from Columbia University and lives with his family in Queens.

This session is designed to empower local arts leaders with insights and strategies to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of the arts within Sullivan County. This discussion will focus on identifying the current composition and untapped segments of our local audience, understanding and overcoming barriers to arts participation, sharing effective marketing strategies that resonate with our community, and exploring other best practices to enhance engagement and accessibility. Panelists are encouraged to bring their experiences, data, and questions to the table for a rich exchange of ideas aimed at making the arts more accessible and appealing to a wider local audience.



Franklin Trapp, Forestburgh Playhouse

Franklin is thrilled to present the Forestburgh Playhouse’s 78th Season! Franklin began his theatrical career at the Forestburgh Playhouse, as a Resident Company member, appeared in a national tour of Annie! and also performed at various regional theatres, including the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Franklin took a hiatus from the theatre, during which time he earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and subsequently practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for the world’s largest law firm. When he learned that current producer Norman Duttweiler was looking to retire, Franklin could not resist the opportunity to return to Forestburgh and maintain and grow the rich cultural legacy that the Playhouse provides for Sullivan County. Franklin has a long association with the Forestburgh Playhouse beginning in 2001 as a Resident Company Member. He remained at the Playhouse every summer through 2004, earning his equity card, writing and directing children’s shows, directing cabarets and directing mainstage productions such as the Playhouse’s first production of The Sound of Music.

While at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Franklin appeared in numerous productions, including, 1776, Titanic, Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Witness for the Prosecution, Catch Me If You Can, Miss Saigon, Evita, La Cage Aux Folles, and Hello Dolly!, to name a few. Franklin’s husband, John Bubb, also a Playhouse alum and a CRNA at Catskill Regional Medical Center, will share his talents as an artistic advisor. Franklin and John, and their Playhouse Pets—Lucy and Sally are excited to not only live full-time in the Sullivan County Catskills, but also to have the opportunity to be a part of a New York cultural landmark—The Forestburgh Playhouse!


Douglas Shindler

Douglas Shindler is a painter and photographer based in Sullivan County, New York.

Shindler is the Co-Founder of The Black Library, a multifunctional community art space located in Monticello, NY. Shindler’s work addresses themes of violence, street life, sport, and community. His images center the underrepresented and the overlooked. Shindler’s gestural impasto paintings with expressive and rich tones are narrative driven and focus on figures, their actions, and their stories.They take inspiration from hip hop lyrics, Black culture, and the vast array of different Black experiences within the diaspora. Shindler’s large format photographic prints celebrate underrepresented people in rural places. The visual field becomes a home for those left out. Shindler received a BFA in Painting & Drawing and Photography from SUNY Purchase. He is a CRNY Aritist Employment Program grant recipient. Shindler has been a practicing artist since 2013.


Michael Davis

Mike Davis is a Guyanese-American photographer based in Monticello, New York. Davis’ photographs capture moments of aggression, honesty, vulnerability, and strength. Imbuing subjects with a sense of heroism and overt power, he draws inspiration from old family photographs and new fashion trends to create colorful compositions of future yesteryears. Davis aims for energetic and immortal imagery that can preserve his culture and community for future generations. He has been a practicing artist since 2009.

Krissy Smith

Krissy Smith is the owner and proprietor of The Callicoon Theater, an art deco cinema in Callicoon, New York. 

Prior to purchasing The Callicoon Theater, Krissy worked as production Coordinator, Company Manager, and Associate General Manager at St. Ann’s Warehouse, an internationally acclaimed presenting arts organization in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  She curated and produced Puppet Lab, St Ann’s only developmental theater initiative which culminates in an annual two week festival.  She was also responsible for The Studio at St. Ann’s, a black box theater flex-space, designed for community outreach and public engagement.


Her directing work has been seen at The Culture Project, Telluride Rep, HERE Arts Center, MonkeyTown/Williamsburg, PS122 and the Peekskill Center for the Arts.  She toured Scotland, Italy, France, Belgium, Austria and Germany as the Associate Director for Big Art Group.


She currently sits on the Board of WJFF Radio Catskill.

Moderator Ariel Shanberg, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance


Roberta Byron-Lockwood

Roberta Byron-Lockwood is the President/CEO of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors

Association which is responsible for promoting and marketing tourism in Sullivan

Catskills. Roberta uses her many years of experience and knowledge of tourism,

marketing, advertising, and administrative skills to expand marketing opportunities,

explore new markets, and reach the maximum market share for Sullivan County tourism;

thereby increasing revenue to businesses and the quality of life to its residents.


Throughout her career, colleagues recognized her for her outstanding leadership. She has

received over forty awards in leadership, marketing, and tourism development, including

the I Love NY Individual Achievement, three NYSTIA Excellence in Tourism, the

SUNY Sullivan Women Who Make a Difference and the Sullivan County Partnership

Distinguished Service Award, and NYSHTA New York State Outstanding Tourism



Roberta’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit continue for Sullivan Catskills. She is

currently developing innovative training programs in social media marketing, hospitality

training, and marketing to prepare her members and partners for the influx of tourism in

the region.

This session will explore practical strategies for expanding the audience for Sullivan County’s arts and cultural scene to include visitors from outside the county. This includes employing targeted marketing strategies to attract a broader audience and aligning with the county’s economic development and tourism objectives. Panelists are encouraged to bring insights on successful collaborations, innovative marketing approaches, and examples of how arts can contribute to regional growth and tourism, aiming to develop actionable strategies for drawing visitors and enhancing Sullivan County’s reputation as a vibrant cultural destination.


Sally Wright, Catskill Arts Space

Sally Wright is the executive director of Catskill Art Space overseeing programs, operations and fundraising. Previously, Sally managed special events and corporate support at Dia Art Foundation for a number of years. She is on the board of Independent Curators International and studied Anthropology at Bates College. Sally lives with her husband and two children in Livingston Manor.

Eric Frances, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Eric Frances is CEO of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a performing arts center and museum located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Before being named CEO in January 2020, Eric served as the Chief Financial Officer and General Manager and was responsible for all the organization’s operations, logistics, and finances. Prior to Bethel Woods, Eric was the Director of Financial Reporting for Mediacom Communications Corp., the 8th largest cable television operator in the U.S., and the Operational Controller for Sybari Software, a division of Microsoft. After graduating from Babson College, Eric was a senior auditor for PwC within the Technology Information Communication and Entertainment practice. Eric is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and the Chair of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. 

Lucy Taylor, Deep Water Projects

Lucy Taylor has a 30 year career in the arts, first as a university lecturer in Art History and then as an actor. After training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, she moved to NYC to become a member of renowned downtown company Elevator Repair Service, collaborating on the creation of the trilogy Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, and The Select; The Sun also Rises. She has also collaborated with The Wooster Group, Tina Satter, Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center Theater. She came on as co producer of Deep Water in 2022 and has spearheaded the transition to charitable status and served as Executive Director of Deep Water Projects and co-director with Aaron Hicklin of the festival.



Roberta Byron Lockwood, Sullivan Catskill Vistors Association

Denise Frangipane

Denise Frangipane is the CEO at Sullivan 180, a non-profit organization whose mission is focused on building a healthy community in Sullivan County, New York. Prior to leading Sullivan 180, Denise was with the Gerry Foundation since 2000 when she joined as part of the research and development team for Bethel Woods Center of the Arts and the Museum at Bethel Woods. She worked closely with Sandra Gerry to create Sullivan Renaissance a community development program; and years later to launch Sullivan 180. Prior to joining the Gerry Foundation Denise worked in the area of program and operational development as well as grant writing in the human services field. She began her career as a legal advocate for women and children; and an educator to raise awareness about domestic violence. She worked for the SC Division of Family Services on behalf of better systems and programs for families in need. Denise has her undergraduate degree in English and Communications from SUNY Binghamton and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. Denise is a lover of trees, red wine and rainy Sundays. She lives in Bethel with her husband Dr. William Pammer and their 11 year old son Ian; and their crazy canine Marty.

Isaac Green Diebboll 

Isaac Green Diebboll is a filmmaker, artist, and archivist based in Callicoon, NY.

His films address issues of wrongful incarceration, displacement and the destruction of public housing. He is a cofounder of ENGN Civic Creative Center 501(c)3 and works on language preservation with the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, and has an MS in Urban Ecology from Parsons, The New School, and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

With cinematography credits for films at Sundance Film Festival and DOC NYC, he’s supported by The Puffin Foundation and the International Documentary Association, and has developed content for Cornell Cooperative Extension supporting small farmers, filmed archival interviews on the Holocaust for the Leo Baeck Institute and produced educational videos to destigmatize substance use for the Sullivan County Department of Public Health, and has served as president for the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company.

This session will delve into the pivotal role of arts organizations in addressing social challenges and aims to equip arts leaders with the knowledge and tools to leverage their work for significant social impact, enhancing the cultural and communal fabric of Sullivan County. We will examine the current social issues impacting our community, discuss the potential of the arts to foster well-being and social cohesion, and navigate the funding landscape for projects aimed at social engagement. Panelists are invited to share their experiences, insights into accessing funding for social initiatives, and discuss the impact of arts on community health and wellbeing.


  • Ann Trombley, Nesin Cultural Arts
  • Sharon Kennedy-Nolle, Sullivan County Poet Laureate
  • Laura Moran, Branch Manager, Western Sullivan Public Library, Delaware Branch
  • Moderator: Isaac Green Diebboll, ENGN


The 2024 Sullivan County Arts Leadership Summit is made possible with generous support from the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. Additional support comes from the Sullivan County Legislative Discretionary Grant Program and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Summit Organizing Team
Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
Tal Beery, Arts & Social Impact Consultant

Special Thanks
All the Presenters and Speakers
Roberta Byron Lockwood
Kyoshin Lohr

Catering provided by Proper to Go

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