The Music Center welcomed Glendale resident and nonprofit organization CEO Corinne Sanchez to its board of directors on Aug. 14. She was appointed alongside five other new members.
Joining Sanchez on the board include filmmaker Kristin Burr; entrepreneur, writer and arts supporter Elizabeth Khuri Chandler; health care management CEO and consultant Joan Herman; attorney Richard Kendall; and financier Michael Stockton.
As one of the nation’s largest performing arts organizations, The Music Center presents world-class dance performances, nationally recognized K-12 arts learning programs, digital arts experiences, and free and low-cost public concerts and events. In addition, The Music Center manages four theaters, Jerry Moss Plaza and Gloria Molina Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles.
“Each leader of our newest cadre of board members has been positively impacted by the arts throughout their successful lives and storied careers. Some have immersed themselves fully in the arts as performers, while others serve on the boards of some of our arts organization peers. Their rich experiences with the arts, coupled with their professional expertise, will be a tremendous benefit for The Music Center’s continued growth and evolution,” said Cindy Miscikowski, board chair of The Music Center. “These six new appointees make The Music Center’s board of directors 48 members strong. All of us are ready to lead The Music Center into its next era as we prepare for its 60th anniversary in 2024 and look ahead to many more years of enriching the lives of Angelenos through the arts.”
While studying at California State University, Long Beach, community leader, artist and activist Sanchez was an enthusiastic participant in teatro, a form of activism during the 1970s and 1980s popular among Latino and Chicano communities. She and her fellow classmates conveyed social awareness and political messages through their mesmerizing street performances. Sanchez co-founded the university’s United Mexican American Students Association. These experiences led her to a career spanning four decades in nonprofit organization administration.
Currently, she is president and CEO of El Proyecto del Barrio, Inc., which provides health and human services in Los Angeles County’s underserved communities. Similar to taking up causes during her collegiate years, Sanchez is ready to root for The Music Center as it continues to emerge fully from the pandemic. By joining The Music Center’s board of directors, she will strive to make the performing arts more accessible to the county’s BIPOC Angelenos and to showcase the arts as an impactful way to convey uplifting and thought-provoking messages. Sanchez also serves as vice chair of the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board, is on the board of the California Primary Care Association and is a founder of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association. She received a juris doctor from San Fernando College of Law.
First published in the August 26 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.