Welcome! I am glad you have an interest in arts management; I do too. I am also extremely interested in arts entrepreneurship, and connecting creativity and business.
A bit about my background:
I received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Master of Arts-Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Currently, I teach Business Management Courses for the College of Business & Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Previously, I taught Arts Management, Business Management and World of the Arts courses; I also supervised Arts Management internships and advised BFA Theatre Management and Promotion students.
I am involved in the ArtsPeers Advisory network, a peer consulting program through Arts Wisconsin which matches established local arts agency administrators with Wisconsin arts organizations for technical assistance. Since 1995, I have worked on strategic planning and visioning sessions with arts organizations across the state and been a guest speaker on networking and pursuing a career in the arts. I also have served on peer-review panels for various Wisconsin Arts Board Grants programs, and worked with the Cultural Facilities Assistance grant program, facilitating organizational and community assessments.
Past projects have included working on Sesquicentennial-related projects for the Wisconsin Arts Board and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin Folklife Festival and the Sesquicentennial Archaeology/Historic Preservation Week. I have also worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources doing communication and education work, and the Consortium of Milwaukee Presenters on an arts in education and outreach needs assessment, identifying national models for collaborative educational/outreach programming and creating a model for collaborative programming applicable to the local arts environment. Before that I worked with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Artists Series and served as Executive Director of the Council for the Performing Arts in Jefferson Wisconsin. While with the Council, I was involved in the statewide peer network, the Wisconsin Presenters Network (WPN).
I have always enjoyed launching and running programs and bringing diverse groups together to accomplish a common goal. Teaching and working with organizations to plan for the future is something I enjoy a great deal; I am lucky that I get to do what I love!