Arts Organizing + Education

                  Photo by Claire Demos

                 Photo by Claire Demos

Chicago Artists Coalition | Chicago, IL

Director of Education, 2014-present

Create and implement a suite of educational opportunities for Chicago-based artists. Responsible for all programmatic logistics, from research and design to execution; managing all marketing, documentation, and other event logistics; creating and maintaining a system for evaluation the impact and success of programs; and developing and reviewing all programmatic budget considerations. Mentor emerging arts administrators and programmers through internships and university-aligned partnerships.

 

The program is rooted in three primary initiatives:

FIELD/WORK is a year-round program of workshops, personalized consultations, peer learning exchanges, and a six-month residency program that provide artists of all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills needed for creative and professional success. 

LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a professional development residency for recent BA and BFA graduates.  Offered to a limited number of promising students nominated by faculty, the four-day-long experience creates a rigorous environment within which artists learn career-building skills from both professionals and peers.

In addition to in-person programming, CAC's Education program also contributes a range of professional development offerings to the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website.

                  Photo by Sara Pooley

                 Photo by Sara Pooley

Rebuild Foundation | Chicago, IL

Program Manager, 2013-2014

Develop and implement a portfolio of community-based adult, youth and family programming and curricula for Dorchester Projects including artist residencies, community garden, Black Cinema House, after-school youth programs, and special events. Responsible for program ideation in collaboration with community members; establishing project goals, objectives, and budgets; implementing logistical and staffing requirements; conducting project assessment and evaluating outcomes; and researching and negotiating partnerships and collaborations. Manage Advisory Committee and supervise small staff comprised of programmers-in-residence, teaching artists, interns, and volunteers.

 

 

                  Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble | Photo by Marc Monaghan

                 Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble | Photo by Marc Monaghan

Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Chicago, IL

Festival Production Associate, 2012

Worked closely with Executive Director and Founding Advisory Committee to produce 43 free concerts in 14 diverse neighborhood venues. Planned and executed successful fundraising gala featuring silent auction and concert. Implemented community outreach and communication with venue partners and the general public. Coordinated and managed 300 volunteers.

 

 

                  Hand-in-Glove Conference | Photo courtesy of threewalls

                 Hand-in-Glove Conference | Photo courtesy of threewalls

threewalls | Chicago, IL

Salon Coordinator, 2011-2012

Conceived, organized, and moderated public salon series. Aided in programming and administration of Hand-in-Glove, an inaugural conference for independent arts organizers. Researched and co-edited PHONEBOOK 3, a nationwide directory of independent cultural producers.

 

                  Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery | Photo by Danny Snelson

                 Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery | Photo by Danny Snelson

NOISE! 2010: Poetics of Media Communication | New York, NY

Event Coordinator, 2010

Collaborated with curators and theater management for a 1-day marathon event. Managed house and coordinated logistics for 40+ artists working in performance, sound art, music, film/video, literature, and culinary arts.

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free103point9 | New York & Acra, NY

Transmission Art Archive Research Associate & Co-Editor, 2009-2011

Researched historical and contemporary artists who explore the electromagnetic spectrum for creative expression. Edited artist texts and wrote original texts for published book and correlating online archive.

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free103point9 | New York & Acra, NY

Regrant Assistant, 2008-2009

Developed online application materials and a resource database for the New York State Council on the Arts Distribution & Exhibition Grant for Media Artists. Evaluated grant applications. Moderated peer-review panel comprised of curators and media professionals.