National Advisors

A National Working Group of practitioners, researchers, evaluators, funders, and other field leaders brought to bear valuable thinking and experience in the field toward the goals of the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative.  The Working Group helped to:

  • ensure clear intent that focuses the collection of extant research;
  • contribute to the core team’s analysis and interpretation of research to identify what is most useful and applicable to the arts field;
  • vet the core team’s translation of extant resources as practical resources and tools for the arts field and;
  • ensure reach of the findings and case making where they will have greatest effect.

Core Consultants:

A core team of researchers and evaluators were contracted to help us achieve the goals of the initiative.

Maribel Alvarez, research social scientist, Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson

Suzanne Callahan, Founder, Callahan Consulting For the Arts, LLC

Chris Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC Research

Maria Rosario Jackson, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Susan Seifert, Director, Social Impact of the Arts Project, University of Penn.

Mark Stern, Professor, Social Welfare and History & Co-Director, Urban Studies, Univ. of Penn.


Other Working Group members:

Kelly J. Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Roberto Bedoyo, Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council

Claudine K. Brown, Director, Arts and Culture Program, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Denise Brown, Executive Director, Leeway Foundation

Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director, Roadside Theater

Rha Goddess, artist, Divine Dime Entertainment

Marian Godfrey, Managing Director, Culture and Civic Initiatives, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Leia Maahs, Community Arts Development Coordinator, Tucson Pima Arts Council

John Malpede, Founder and Artistic Director, LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Dept.)

Eulynn Shiu, Research and Evaluation Manager, Americans for the Arts

Marc Vogl, Program Officer, Performing Arts Program, The William The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation