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.
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 involved extensive community input and drew from numerous economic development reports and studies conducted in the region. The final plan was 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 two and a half 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 am an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams where I teach in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. I have lectured about the creative economy and arts entrepreneurship at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Purchase College in New York. I also enjoy supporting high school students studying the arts and I regularly talk to young people about business, careers, and the arts industry.