As a Co-Founder of Arts @ Large, I have attended numerous Americans for the Arts conferences where my national network has grown. The opportunity to meet leaders in arts education from across the country provides current and valuable advice that has helped shape the way I approach my work. Arts @ Large also sends two of our staff members (young leaders) to Annual Convention every year!

My membership with Americans for the Arts has helped me see my potential as a leader in the arts marketing sector. It led me to pursue my lifelong dream to attend graduate school abroad, living and studying in Dallas, Montréal, Bogotá, and Milan. My experiences in this graduate program allowed me to learn from leaders in international cultural management, visit well-known cultural institutions and facilities, and pursue my career in arts marketing.

The city of Nashville, Tennessee, is sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the South,” a thriving hub of arts and culture with a diverse population and a world-famous music scene. At the forefront of the city’s cultural blossoming is a longtime member of Americans for the Arts, the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, or Metro Arts.

In 1991, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority began one of the most challenging and substantial changes to the Boston landscape, the Central Artery/Tunnel project, or the Big Dig. Although this project eventually succeeded in easing downtown traffic congestion, the Big Dig put Boston into a state of upheaval for almost sixteen years.

As an advertising agency-trained strategic arts marketing consultant who has worked with both companies and government entities such as ExxonMobil and the Department of Defense, I was confident that I had a lot to bring to the Arts world.  I love the Arts and so far I have provided private consulting services to many arts agencies and organizations on matters such as reaching and engaging underserved communities.

From a young age I have always felt that everything is interconnected and that the arts are just as much a part of the human psyche as is science, math and the need for food and shelter. What I love about the folks at Americans for the Arts is they get this.