Destiny Coleman, award-winning artist, is a dynamic education and administrative professional with significant experience in program creation and management, demonstrating a proven ability to cultivate community partnerships. Ms. Coleman is the Administrative Director of The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business & Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University. Ms. Coleman served as the Director of Education and Artistic Administration for Opera Columbus from 2013-2020. In that role, she oversaw the administration of annual productions and managed the creation and implementation of 12 educational programs and 25 community partnerships with local organizations and universities, reaching more than 16,000 people annually. Ms. Coleman received acclaim after she conceptualized, created, and directed the Opera Columbus productions of The Voice of Freedom, The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights, and The Journey, A Celebration of Music Inspired by African-American Culture. These community performances, centered around diversity and inclusion, offered over 100 artists of color opportunities to perform throughout central Ohio. In 2023, the Converging Arts production of The Journey: Civil Rights, created and directed by Ms. Coleman, was selected as the 2023 Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award Winner.
As a mezzo-soprano, Ms. Coleman has performed with The Ohio State University Lyric Opera Theatre Program, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Lincoln Theatre, Heather Headley, and the world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Business Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. Ms. Coleman currently serves on the Board of Converging Arts Columbus and as Co-Chair of the Columbus Young Professionals Club Leadership Council.
As a creative, director, and singer, I aim to create programming through a thoughtful, intentional process rooted in inclusiveness, authenticity, and representation of diverse voices and perspectives. These programs go beyond engagement to create new productions and truly inclusive performances, giving representation and opportunities to all artists by celebrating and integrating different cultures, history, and forms of expression.
I aim to create partnerships and programs with organizations that serve and represent their community, working together to blend all art forms, stories, and histories while creating productions and programs that are authentically representative of, and relevant to the voices and perspectives of the entire community.
The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award recognizes outstanding achievements in innovation, risk, and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition, program, or project. The 2023 award was presented to Converging Arts Columbus for the production of The Journey: Civil Rights, created and directed by Destiny Coleman.
The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in Central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus.
Ms. Coleman received the Sir William Osler, MD, Award from The Ohio State University Medicine and the Arts Board on behalf of Opera Columbus, in recognition of her leadership in the Columbus arts community and for her commitment to bringing the performing arts to the OSU medical center’s staff and patients.
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