Mason’s Arts Management Alumni Working Group will host a series of monthly social and professional development event for alumni. These events serve to strengthen alumni connections to the Mason arts management community, provide opportunities to expand their professional networks, and offer the chance to be engaged in meaningful conversation about the arts.
COVID-19 Arts Impact Speaker Series
Presented by Mason’s Arts Management Alumni Working Group, the “COVID-19 Arts Impact Speaker Series” is a 3-part webinar centering the topics of Equity, Accessibility and Engagement in Arts and the impact of COVID-19 within each focus. Leaders from the field will join each session and provide unique insight. As part of each event, there will be an opportunity for open discussion among attendees.
Upcoming COVID-19 Arts Impact Speaker Series:
Redefining Engagement: With social distancing presenting new norms for etiquette during COVID-19, limitations on public gatherings have directly impacted how arts organizations engage with the communities they serve. How do we innovate and provide meaningful arts experiences that connect with audiences despite these barriers? What are the new standards for engagement that will continue on once the pandemic is over?
Join this discussion and Q&A for the second webinar, led by Claire Huschle, Founder and Director of Scaffold, LLC, and Timmy Metzner, Director of Marketing for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Claire Huschle is the founder and director of Scaffold, LLC, a project support firm for artists and arts organizations. Her diverse portfolio of projects and collaborations includes those with the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Hamiltonian Artists, the Urban Soils Institute, and Insight Property Group, among others. Her work with individual artists includes identifying funding and residency opportunities, grant writing, and budgeting and business support.
She has over two decades of arts management experience with leadership positions across the visual and performing arts. From 2012-2017, she served as Director of George Mason University’s Arts Management program, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2007. She was awarded a fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she worked with the Center’s senior leadership and co-produced a study on regional trends in millennial audience engagement. From 2005-2011, she served as Executive Director of the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA). In that role, she significantly increased the operating budget, negotiated a 25-year lease, and raised the AAC’s profile both regionally and nationally. Earlier in her career, Huschle was the Director of Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and simultaneously served as the center’s Community Liaison, coordinating a national conference on starting community-based art centers and liaising with arts groups and advocacy organizations.
An active member of ArtTable, she served on the Washington, DC Chapter’s Executive Committee for many years. She has served on numerous grant review panels around the Washington, DC region. As a curator, her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Washington Post and ArtPapers. Most recently, she worked with artist Margaret Boozer and soil scientist Dr. Richard Shaw to produce a chapter in Field to Palette: Dialogues in Soil and Art in the Anthropocene (Taylor & Francis, 2019).
Huschle received her MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, with high honors. In addition to her love of art, she’s a committed sports fan, making her as happy at a museum as she is in a stadium.
Timmy Metzner is the Director of Marketing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he works to boost the financial gains of Woolly while growing loyal long-time patrons through creative and targeted initiatives. He strives to facilitate those connections through data-driven research, proven methodologies, collaborative learning, and industry-challenging experimentation. Previously he was a Senior Consultant with JCA Arts Marketing where he spent time working at various performing arts organizations focusing on innovative ticketing and audience development strategies. Clients include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Roundabout Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto Festival USA, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the National Ballet of Canada. He also has held marketing positions at Baltimore Center Stage and Florida Studio Theatre.
Accessibility: More details to follow!
Join this discussion and Q&A for the final webinar of this series, led by accessibility and inclusion expert Diane Nutting.
Working at the intersections of arts, disability, and education, Ms. Nutting is an accessibility and inclusion consultant/practitioner providing training, project design and implementation, and strategic planning services for a wide range of cultural arts institutions and agencies. Her recent work includes collaborations with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Disney Theatrical Group, Ford’s Theatre, and the United States Botanic Garden. Since 2016 she has worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to serve as the Accessibility Coordinator for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the grounds of the National Mall, as well supporting other festival programs, partnerships and events. Previously, she served as the Director of Access and Inclusion for Imagination Stage, where she led the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive performing arts experiences across the organization for all students, patrons, and artists.
Past COVID-19 Arts Impact Speaker Series:
Centering Equity: Ensuring equity in arts organizations has become intentional work. How do we ensure that this work continues in the era of COVID-19? In light of a heightened focus on racial justice in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others, how do we ensure that our organizations become anti-racist. Join this session, led by equity experts Dr. Brea Heidelberg and Ruby Lopez Harper.
Dr. Brea M. Heidelberg is an arts management educator, consultant, and researcher focused on the intersection of the arts and other fields of study. She joined the Entertainment & Arts Management faculty in 2017 and currently serves as Director of the program. She sees arts administrators as intellectual translators and works to instill a respect for both theory and practice in her students and clients. She has served the field as a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, Co-Chair of Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council, and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management.
Dr. Heidelberg earned her PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include equity issues, human resource development, and knowledge management in cultural ecosystems. In addition to earning a MA in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, she also earned a MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. Her current research interests involve the professionalization of the field of arts management, the training and development of arts managers, and management issues unique to small and midsized nonprofit arts organizations. Past projects include investigations into arts policy and advocacy rhetoric at the state and federal levels.
Dr. Heidelberg’s consulting work focuses on human resources issues in the nonprofit arts, particularly issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her consulting practice, Dr. Heidelberg addresses issues such as employee recruitment and retention, organizational structuring, and succession planning. She also assists arts organizations with board development, organizational and program evaluation, and strategic planning. Dr. Heidelberg thoroughly enjoys office supplies, graphic novels, and getting back to her first love: dance.
Ruby is the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. Her portfolio includes leading field education efforts centered in equitable practice, leadership development, local arts advancement, disaster preparedness and emergency response and community building for the arts agency field, arts and culture administrators, and arts marketers. She is the chief architect of the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, leads AFTA’s Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network and the Leadership Forum program that produces affinity-based leadership development programs. She is a 2019 Arizona State University Practices for Change Fellow and was recognized as a 2019 Inspirational Woman (Arts Advocate) by “And I Thought” Women in Literature. She is a mentor for the Arts Administrators of Color Network, serves on the steering committee for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Chair of the Gard Foundation, serves on the board for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Grants Committee/Advocacy Committee) and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council.
Ruby’s work has focused on equitable access, grantmaking, supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, marketing, disaster preparedness and emergency response, and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts (2007-2013), was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Franklin County. She is a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow, Class of 2017 American Express Leadership Academy Alum and Class of 2010 Next Generation of Leaders Fellowship program.
FAVORITE ART FORMS: Dance, Musical Theatre and Photography