I was saddened to hear that friend and colleague Alvin ‘Skip’ Reiss had passed away in February. He was 82.
Skip was a pioneer of arts management, capturing the evolution and events of the profession as a keen and curious observer. In addition to his Arts Management newsletter, which ran without interruption for 50 years (I’ve uploaded a PDF of the very first issue, from February 1962), he wrote multiple books, presented lectures, workshops, and discussions with young arts leaders, and recognized exceptional leadership through the Arts Management Awards.
I was fortunate to work closely with Skip as a co-publisher of the Arts Management newsletter for its final few years. He was among the most passionate, committed, and connected individuals I’ve met. He gave voice and perspective to arts and cultural management. That voice will be missed.
Skip was honored as a ‘Beautiful Mind’ back in 2011. So we’re all fortunate to have this short video of him describing how he stayed connected and vital throughout his life. You can also read his New York Times obituary here.