Ruth Waalkes Executive Director, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech Working double-duty as executive director for Center for the Arts and associate provost for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Waalkes spearheaded the new performing and visual arts center, which opened its doors this past fall. She’s a pro in arts administration circles: In 2001, she helped launch the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Location: Blacksburg, Virginia Current mobile device: Droid Current computer: Home is a Macbook, office is a Dell laptop and everywhere in between is an iPad.
Artists’ websites, Pandora and local public radio. I also have a show relay monitor in my office now, so I can see and listen in on whatever is happening on stage. Every day brings a new experience here.
Time-saving trick Avoid a volley of emails when a quick phone call or walk across the hall would work.
Indispensible gadget The iPad has become a constant appendage.
in a workday
Carving out time for longerrange planning and creative research is a challenge when much of each day is spent being responsive to other people, sitting in meetings and keeping up with email.
Best advice received From my mom: You will probably work hard for most of your life, so find something that you care about and love to do.
Brand new! We moved into our new center in August and opened to the public at the end of October. No pictures hanging in my office yet, but otherwise settled in.
CONFERENCE 2014 INSIDE ARTS 49
Inside Arts is the official magazine of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.