News Release

Cleveland Museum of Art Promotes Thomas Welsh to Director of Performing Arts

Monday, August 25, 2014

Caroline Guscott

The Cleveland Museum of Art
cguscott [at] clevelandart.org
(216) 707-2261
Seven-year museum veteran has broadened program’s reach, raised profile

CLEVELAND (August 25, 2014) – The Cleveland Museum of Art announced the promotion of Thomas M. Welsh to director of performing arts. In his expanded role, Welsh will be responsible for the design, organization and oversight of the museum’s performing arts series.

“Over the past seven years, Tom has worked tirelessly to broaden the reach of our performing arts programming and raise the profile of our program nationally,” said Fred Bidwell, who served as interim director for the past 10 months. “He has been particularly successful in identifying new talent, expanding our musical offerings and engaging a variety of audiences.”

Welsh joined the museum in 2007 as associate director of music and became director of City Stages last year. His accomplishments have included programming the musical performances at CMA’s annual Solstice event, creating the “Ohio City Stages” global music series and expanding the winter concert series of composed and improvised music at Transformer Station, a converted railway substation in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

“It is personally and professionally rewarding to see new audiences discover and embrace the many forms of art while experiencing exciting new venues with fellow members of our community,” said Welsh. “I am very pleased to contribute to the city’s continuing rebirth.”

A Philadelphia native and graduate of Colgate University, Welsh has worked in the field of music all of his professional life. His experience and knowledge encompass a broad variety of genres, from classical to contemporary and world music.

He came to Cleveland from Elision Fields: Artist Management and Independent Recordings in San Francisco, where he managed composers and performers. Previously, he managed the classical music label New Albion Records, where he oversaw production for many highly regarded artists.


About the Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series

In 1918, only two years after the museum’s dedication, the board of trustees decided to include music programs among museum activities, possibly the first inclusion of a performance department, equal in status to the visual arts departments, in any of America’s great museums. Today, the museum’s commitment to present the best in the performing arts from around the world continues to be an institutional priority and brings world-renowned performers in both world and classical genres to a Northeast Ohio stage.


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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 61,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, and performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit ClevelandArt.org.