The Arts + Business Council is proud to announce the 2021 Arts + Business Council Leadership Award honoree, Allan Edmunds, Founder-President, Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA), who is being awarded for innovation and high achievement in the arts and bridging access to the arts to underserved communities; for advocating for support for artists from diverse communities.

Allan Edmunds

Allan Edmunds is the founder of Brandywine Workshop and Archives and interim executive director of the virtual Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Education and the Arts (IIDEEA), a collaborative venture of professionals in the visual arts, art education, and museums. He is also the current administrative director of IIDEEA’s main project,

Edmunds is an award-winning visual artist and art educator. He has a Masters in Fine Art from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. His prints and collages are in major museum collections where he has exhibited. Edmunds is a retired educator (high school and college) and is nationally recognized for his panel service in public art, community arts activism, and as a lecturer, essayist, and contributor to numerous catalogs and other art publications. Over 48 years of professional activity as an organizational consultant, peer review panelist on the city, state, and federal levels, he has advocated for support for artists from diverse communities.

Nationally and internationally recognized, Edmunds has established international cultural exchange programs, which have brought artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe to Philadelphia and travel exhibits under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State to more than thirty cities in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Other programs Edmund has created to bring recognition and diversity to Philadelphia include establishing sixteen “satellite collections” of BWA prints at major art museums, universities, and heritage centers across the country; launching the free access database to make its digital image library and archives available online with instructional resources such as the Artura Teachers Guide; and sponsoring public art, community-based after school programs, and internships for disadvantaged local high school and college students.

Together with his wife, Anne Edmunds, a career art consultant and the founding director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, he has brought new ideas, innovation, and high achievement in the field of the arts to the city and nation for almost fifty years.

[Virtual] Arts + Business Council Awards
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual Event

The Arts + Business Council’s annual awards program honors leaders in the Philadelphia region who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities. Join us in celebration of this year’s honorees along with creative and business community leaders from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.