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Washington DC’s Season 2 Jury Experts

Villa Albertine is proud to present the four cultural experts who took part in the Washington DC jury for Season 2.

Alicia Adams 

Vice President International Programming, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

For over two decades, Alicia Adams has been presenting work from national and international arenas at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1997, Alicia has curated and produced major international festivals, the Center’s Contemporary Dance programming and annual Lunar New Year Celebration and the inaugural season of the New York based Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform.  

Matthew Affron

Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Major exhibitions include The Essential Duchamp (Tokyo, Seoul, and Sydney, 2018-19) and Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2016-2017). He is a co-curator of Matisse in the 1930s/Matisse et les “Cahiers d’art” in collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Musée Matisse de Nice, forthcoming in 2022-23. 

Anthony Gittens

Founder and Director, D.C. International Film Festival  

Tony Gittens is Founder and Director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival, now in its 36th year. Mr. Gittens served as Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the cultural agency of the District of Columbia. He is Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, French Ministry of Culture, and Professor Emeritus at the University of the District of Columbia. He was awarded Knight in the Order of Arts & Letters.


Sunny Sumter

President and CEO, DC Jazz Festival

Sunny Sumter is President and CEO of the DC Jazz Festival. She was awarded the Aspen Institute’s Staff Achievement Award for Excellence, was recently selected to the prestigious DeVos Institute of Arts Management for a three-year fellow at the University of Maryland Business School and is one of the “exceptional leaders” selected for National Arts Strategies’ celebrated Chief Executive Program. Sumter has performed at some of the finest festivals, concert venues, and clubs in the U.S. and internationally.


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