2018 Patrick Hayes Award Recipient
Cathy Barbash is a specialist in cultural diplomacy, creative industry development, and an independent producer, working with the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Cuba. She received a 2015 Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai government in recognition of her longtime contributions to the economic and social development of the city.
China-related projects include New York’s 2015-2018 Chinese New Year fireworks; touring vertical dance company Bandaloop to Shanghai; creating The Philadelphia Orchestra’s China residency program; and touring Native American performers to Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, and Beijing.
In 2016 and 2017, Barbash participated in the Primera Linea Havana International Music Forum, and lectured at La Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba. She also toured traditional Native American performer Kevin Locke to Cuba, and will bring the Ted Nash Trio to Festival Jazz Plaza Havana in January 2018.
Barbash spent over 30 years managing and consulting to organizations including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the United States Department of State, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, Arts Midwest, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the China National Centre for the Performing Arts. A graduate of Harvard University, Barbash served on the boards of the International Society for the Performing Arts, Ping Chong & Company, and City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong). She is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.