What have you been up to since graduating from the Arts Administration program?
I lived in Asheville, North Carolina for two years, working at a small non-profit that provided business/entrepreneurship education to local craft artists and worked with small towns throughout the Western North Carolina region. Asheville was wonderful, but in 2014 I had the opportunity to come back to Cincinnati as the Director of Development for the May Festival and Vocal Arts Ensemble. My husband and I have been thrilled to be back in the Queen City, and this February I began my new role as the Director of Individual Giving and Grants at Playhouse in the Park.
How did UC’s Arts Administration program affect your career path?
As trite as this may sound, I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today without the program. It was an incredible amount of hard work, stress and dedication. I consumed an incredible amount of coffee during those two years...but the skills developed (flexibility, resourcefulness, teamwork, collaboration, to name a few) were put to use right from the starting gate. The holistic approach and broad range of knowledge acquired from the program gave me a strong foundation, and since then, I have continued to hone my abilities and grow as a professional. In addition, my fellow classmates and friends/my mentors/the network of Arts Admin alumni were some of the best things to come from the program.
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
The next five years at Playhouse are going to be quite an adventure, and I look forward to playing a role in helping the organization achieve its goals and dreams.
What makes you excited to go to work?
I believe in the profound power of the arts to open the human experience; be a source of inspiration, reflection and awakening; and speak to the heart, mind and soul. With so much struggle and stress in the world today, we need these personal connections more than ever. It is an honor to be a part of creating these life-enriching opportunities each and every day, not to mention, it is an absolute blast!
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
This is a hard one to answer. I worked hard to get my little Asheville non-profit an NEA Our Town grant, as well as a huge USDA grant in 2013/14, and those were amazing moments for a regional organization. When I joined the staff of May Festival and VAE, both were going through different kinds of transition periods, and I am really proud of my role in helping each get through and on track for their next (brilliant) chapters.
Any other exciting news?
2016 was a huge year – I got married, spent two weeks in Spain, accepted a new job and bought a house with my husband (also a CCM Arts Admin alum)! In our spare time this year, we will be renovating a 131-year-old historic home right near Music Hall. Life certainly doesn’t get boring...