Germaine Williams, Ph.D., 2015
March 9, 2018
Germaine Williams, PhD is Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA). Dedicated to supporting artists and the advancement of artistic excellence in visual arts, PF/PCA offers courses and programming in media production, photography, studio art, and craft. Before his current position, Germaine was a senior member of the grantmaking team at The Pittsburgh Foundation, the nation’s 13th largest community foundation. While at the Foundation, he was instrumental in commissioning research on the regional arts sector and establishing new programs of support for artists, small arts organizations, and major organizations located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District.
Germaine has served as a panelist for ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund and was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Arts Research Consortium. He served on Mayor William Peduto’s Taskforce for Summer Youth Employment, Pittsburgh Today’s Key Indicators Project, the board of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, and the governing group and state taskforce responsible for developing the Cultural Data Project (now DataArts). His 2015 dissertation, "(Re)Culturing the City: Race, Urban Development, and Arts Policy in Chicago, 1935 to 1987," examines how government actors incorporated support of the arts into broader change agendas.
He has taught in the graduate arts management program at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College.