Co-Director, Animating Democracy
Pam is co-director with Barbara Schaffer Bacon of Animating Democracy, an Americans for the Arts program. Animating Democracy fosters arts and humanities activity that encourages civic dialogue and engagement on contemporary issues. Supported in its first phase by the Ford Foundation, Animating Democracy advances arts and humanities-based civic engagement through convenings, a website, publications, and services and programs. Pam provided research for and co-wrote the study Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force in Civic Dialogue. Pam partners with Barbara in organizational assessment; planning, program design and evaluation for cultural organizations; state arts agencies; and private foundations. Among their consultancies, they have assisted the New York State Arts Council and the Heinz Endowments Art & Culture program in developing strategic plans and evaluated the New England Foundation for the Arts Building Community through Culture program. For 17 years, Pam worked with the Arts Extension Service (AES). While at AES, she coordinated the National Public Art Policy Project in cooperation with the Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, which culminated in the publication Going Public: A Field Guide to Developments in Art in Public Places, a publication she co-wrote and edited. She directed the Boston based New England Film and Video Festival; coordinated the New England Arts Biennial; co-authored The Arts Festival Work Kit; and was co-editor and contributing writer to Fundamentals of Local Arts Management, also published by AES. As an independent consultant, her consulting and teaching activities have included organizational planning for a children's picture book museum initiated by renowned book artist Eric Carle; assessment of a citywide arts festival and published report commissioned by the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Lilly Endowment; planning with the Maine Arts Commission for expanded artist services; and consultation with individual artists.