John is an educator, facilitator and consultant. His specific expertise is in leadership education, visioning and strategy development for organizations, and conflict mediation. He serves as lead process faculty for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts and The New Pathways Program.
John is the founder and president of Partners in Performance, a services firm providing guidance to the arts and cultural community in the areas of visioning, planning, and development.
Prior to the creation of Partners in Performance in 2008, John was the founder and director of the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. The Institute developed the Community Arts Leadership Academy for Artserve Michigan; designed and facilitated the leadership development component of the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras; and developed leadership seminars for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Theatre Communications Group, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Additionally, John has served as a faculty member or speaker for the American Planning Association, Prairie Arts Leadership Institute, New York Alliance of Arts Organizations, and the Empire State Partnership for Arts Education.
As co-founder of EmcArts, LLC with Richard Evans, McCann served as a member of the consulting team for a broad array of clients including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Arts International, and the 18th Street Arts Complex. On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, McCann facilitated the focus groups designed to inform the creation of the Challenge America program.
As President of Partners in Performance, John serves as lead consultant on a variety of interesting and intriguing projects including the National Dance Heritage Leadership Forum for the Dance Heritage Coalition; the Governance Effectiveness Initiative for Chamber Music America; and the National Trustee Forum for Opera America. In 2010, John served as lead facilitator and faculty for the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, a comprehensive leadership development program for the National Guild for Community Arts Education.