As a creative sector consultant, I provide planning and research services to communities investing in the growth of their creative industries. I help clients understand the complexities of the creative economy and develop strategies that support the businesses and individuals within it. And I provide national, regional, and local context for clients who seek to ground their vision with data and best practices.
- Cultural planning
- Strategic planning
- Information analysis
Creative economy services I offer include:
I specialize in big picture, region-wide thinking and strategy development to support and leverage a community's creative sector. In April 2018, I was selected to create a cultural plan for Bennington County, Vermont. This 5-phase project will involve extensive community input and draw from numerous economic development reports and studies conducted in the region. A final plan will be completed and published in May 2019.
RESEARCH AND SYNTHESIS
As an adept questioner, I am able to initiate, process, and extract the meaning from research and uncover possible solutions. This is demonstrated in the Berkshire Initiative for Growth Report. I was commissioned by 1Berkshire to research, write, and design the document following 2.5 years of study and action by a long-term task force dedicated to understanding Berkshire County's population decline. The report was released in October 2017.
TEACHING and speaking
I enjoy supporting high school and college students studying the arts and I regularly talk to young people about business, careers, and the arts industry. I served as a volunteer mentor for MCLA's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Challenge in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, I have taught undergraduate and graduate seminars and classes in community engagement, creative economy, and arts entrepreneurship at MCLA and New Hampshire Institute of Art.