The Sphinx Organization is the social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Sphinx’s four program areas – Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists, and Arts Leadership – form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programing being performed, the communities represented in audiences, and the artistic and administrative leadership within the field.
Sphinx was founded in 1997 by Aaron P. Dworkin with the goal of addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in classical music. The name Sphinx, inspired by the mythical creature and legendary statue, reflects the power, wisdom and persistence that characterize Sphinx’s participants, as well as the enigmatic and interpretive nature of music and art.
Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron Dworkin served as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is currently a tenured full professor of arts leadership and entrepreneurship at SMTD as well as serving as a Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Aaron is a successful social entrepreneur having founded The Sphinx Organization, the leading arts organization focused on diversity. He also serves as host of the nationally-broadcast Arts Engines show in collaboration with Detroit Public Television.