state arts action network
Carolyn Bye has been executive director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council since 1993. Before that, she worked for several Twin Cities arts organizations, including the Guthrie Theater, Playwrights' Center, Penumbra Theater, and Film in the Cities. She has been a consultant to foundations and corporations, and for five years worked with the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute assisting leaders of nonprofit organizations with personal and organizational renewal. Bye led a year-long study of the city of Minneapolis's arts policies and formulated recommendations for the city's cultural plan in the report CultureTalks. She authored the 2002 McKnight Foundation report, A New AngleóArts Development in the Suburbs. Bye earned a bachelorís degree in theater and a masterís degree in arts administration, both from St. Cloud State University. She lives in Shorewood, a suburb of Minneapolis.
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