...arts program design + research

I understand both the economic and quality of life values of a community’s investment in the arts. A big picture thinker, I take a system-wide approach to investigating the underlying challenges of my work. This global perspective allows me to envision what progress in public art development can look like in the future. Along with my experience with various visual qualitative research methods, training in design thinking, project management, data science, and arts-based methods allows me to creatively document phenomena in my research.

Makers Honors Arts Residency Founder, Director / ECU Honors College, Greenville NC - 2018-2019

  • Recruited by Dean of Honors College to find opportunities for arts and civic engagement as part of graduate assistantship

  • Designed and managed new student arts residency program, arts curriculum, scheduled meetings and guest speakers, curated two exhibitions in local galleries, lead bi-monthly critiques of student work

  • Conducted budget and financial management for all programming, exhibitions, and stipend disbursement

  • Selected and trained successor, supervised their first year as director, developed institutional residency manual, secured funding for following academic year, designed student learning evaluations

  • Collaborated with marketing team to design and distribute marketing materials for residency and exhibitions for internal/external use (print and social media)

  • Mentored selected students through artistic process (digital and visual media) via monthly group concept development discussions and individual meetings for projects around the idea of “Place”

  • Presented on residency concept and development at 2018 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston, MA

 

Nightfall Farm Arts Residency Founder, Director / Crothersville IN - 2019-2020

Arts Residency Founder, Director

• Collaborate with farmers/owners to create arts residency focusing on environmentalism and sustainable farming. Residency design includes requirements for community engagement through arts workshops

  • Identify possible future artists-in-residence, design application on Google Forms

  • Network with arts communities in Southern Indiana to identify possible partners for grant applications and future residency programming

Artist-in-Residence

• Make photographs, videos, and original songs inspired by time on farm in rural Indiana

• Plan and direct performance art event highlighting regional talent, partnering with the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition and Oak Heritage Conservancy

Graduate Intern, Public Art Policy and Arts District Development / Pitt County Arts Council - 2018-2019

  • Compiled and reviewed literature on public arts funding mechanisms and policy in American communities, the sociocultural impacts of public art, and arts-driven economic development strategies to mitigate gentrification

  • Contributed findings and content to Pitt County Arts Council’s Arts District Recommendations to the City of Greenville and to policy proposal for 1% Capital Funds Allocation for the Arts in Greenville, NC

  • Designed and contributed survey questions to the Arts District Community Survey

  • Analyzed public arts funding models including public, private, and public-private partnerships and public arts’ impact on economic development

  • Created cultural asset maps for Uptown area of Greenville, NC to identify patterns of economic activity, presented research to Greenville Arts District Working Committee

 

 

Economic Impact of the Arts in Greenville, NC, Senior Thesis Documentary - 2016-2017

  • Compiled and reviewed literature on economic impact of arts in Pitt County and North Carolina

  • Conducted interviews with government officials, economic development professionals, civic arts directors, and local artists about arts’ impact on talent recruitment and wealth retention in the community

  • Shot and edited interviews into a ten-minute documentary for completion of Honors senior thesis (see link under “Education; BFA”)

  • Directed crews of five up to ten people in lighting, camera setting, and video capture

  • Established strong relationships to local community resulting in several documentary screenings

PRESENTATIONS & POSTER SESSIONS

“Arts District Working Group, Greenville NC” Presented at Pitt County Arts Council Arts District Working Group Meeting, February 2019

 

“Intersecting Economic and Social Impacts in Arts District Planning” Presented at ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Intersection of Arts & Sciences Showcase, March 2019

 

“Using Public Arts to Heal Past Social Injustices and Promote Economic Vitality” Presented TED Talk at TEDxECU, Greenville, NC, November 2018

https://youtu.be/o3FKO2rBW8Q

 

“MAKERS: student arts residency emphasizes service, expression, and the creative process” Presented at National Collegiate Honors Council conference, Boston, MA, November 2018

 

“The Importance of the Arts & Triple Bottom Line Investing for a Growing Greenville” Presented and documentary screened at ECU’s Intersection Arts@Sciences research event, March 2018

 

“HU$TLE: The Economic Impact of the Arts” Presented and documentary screened at Greenville NC Rotary Club, March 2017

 

“HU$TLE: The Economic Impact of the Arts” Presented and documentary screened at ECU’s Joyner Library Forum, February 2017

 

“HU$TLE: The Economic Impact of the Arts” Presented and documentary screened at State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium, Campbell University, Bouie’s Creek, NC, October 2017

 

“HU$TLE: The Economic Impact of the Arts” Documentary screening at the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, May 2017

 

“Love Where You Live: The Impact of Community Arts Engagement on Greenville NC” Presented at ECU Research & Creative Activity Achievement Week’s Intersection Arts@Sciences research event, March 2017

 

“Learning to Play: An Analysis of Inclusive Arts Communities” Presented at ECU Chancellor’s Honors Internship Showcase: PI: Dr. Raychl Smith, ECU School of Music, April 2015

 

“Music for Every Body” Poster presented at Society for Music Teacher Education Conference, Greensboro, NC: PI: Dr. Raychl Smith, ECU School of Music, February 2015

 

“Students’ Perception of the Importance of Creativity in their Future Vocation” Presented at ECU Honors Research Colloquium, November 2014

PUBLICATIONS

Contributing author, “Recommendations for an Arts District in Greenville” by the Pitt County Arts Council, commissioned by the City of Greenville, 2019

Photo-essay, “Public Art, Gentrification, and Annual Convention” on Americans for the Arts ARTSblog, 2019

https://blog.americansforthearts.org/2019/09/17/public-art-gentrification-and-annual-convention-a-photo-essay

Guest writer for ECU College of Business newsletter, Stocknotes, 2019

Guest writer for ECU Honors College blog, “Alumna offers tips to Fulbright applicants”, 2019

Guest news writer for Roanoke Beacon, 2019

Six poems published in Expressions Magazine, juried competition, 2016

Guest writer for Honors College blog, “Scott Avett at ECU Convocation”, 2015 

Guest writer for Honors College blog, “Showcasing our Artists: Honors College Fine Arts Gala”, 2015

 

 

CONFERENCES

Americans for the Arts National Convention, Minneapolis MN, 2019

Southeast Creative Placemaking Conference, Columbia SC, 2019

ARTS Day Legislative Policy Conference, Raleigh NC, 2019

National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Boston MA (presenter), 2018

National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Atlanta GA, 2018

Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Orlando FL, 2017

Society for Music Teacher Education Conference, Greensboro NC (presenter), 2015