Podcast

In January 2017, the MAAA program launched a podcast, aptly named Collective Imagination, related to all things Arts Administration! Collective Imagination will feature the best arts administration and cultural policy practitioners, students, alumni, and faculty that we can find to bring you wisdom, advice, and stories from the field. We will regularly be uploading episodes to this blog and will keep you up to date whenever a new episode arrives.

Got ideas for the podcast? Want to get involved? Email iuaapodcast@gmail.com

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Collective Imagination Podcast Episode #4:

Jeanne Vaccaro (interviewed by Bridget Albert)

Jeanne Vaccaro is a writer and curator and she works at the intersection of performance and aesthetics, feminist art and archives, histories of the body, and queer politics. She is the curator of Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics, organized for the Cooper Union (one of ArtNet‘s most memorable museum shows of 2015) and editor of “The Transbiological Body” (Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory) on transgender reproductive ecologies. Her book in process, Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender, explores the felt labor of identity in soft sculpture, fiber art, dance, and film; it was awarded a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2016.

Jeanne is a postdoctoral fellow in Gender Studies at Indiana University and a research fellow in the archives at the Kinsey Institute. She earned a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She co-organizes the New York City Transgender Oral History Project for the New York Public Library.

Bridget Albert is a 2nd year graduate student in the MAAA program. Bridget previously worked at The History Museum and The Studebaker National Museum as a Volunteer and Tour Coordinator before starting graduate school. Since they began at IU, they have been a Graduate Assistant at the Wylie House Museum and interned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They are currently a Graduate Assistant in the SPEA Master’s Program Office and works as a Teaching Assistant for two courses at IU: Museum Management Applications and Curating in Galleries and Museums.

Collective Imagination Podcast Episode #3:

Karen Gahl-Mills (interviewed by Bridget Albert)

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Karen Gahl-Mills is an adjunct instructor for the Arts Administration Department at SPEA. She is also the CEO and and Executive Director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland, OH. Prior to that, Gahl-Mills began her career as an orchestra manager before beginning her career in development. She still makes music and performs regularly in the community choir at Oberlin College.

Gahl-Mills earned a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Bridget Albert is a 2nd year graduate student in the MAAA program. Bridget previously worked at The History Museum and The Studebaker National Museum as a Volunteer and Tour Coordinator before starting graduate school. Since they began at IU, they have been a Graduate Assistant at the Wylie House Museum, and interned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They are currently a Graduate Assistant in the SPEA Master’s Program Office and works as a Teaching Assistant in Museum Management Applications and Curating in Galleries and Museums at IU.

Collective Imagination Podcast Episode #2:

Dr. Ursula Kuhar (interviewed by Bridget Albert)

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Dr. Ursula Kuhar is a lecturer for the Arts Administration Department at SPEA. She joined SPEA in 2016, and prior to that was the executive director of the Washington Concert Opera and the director and assistant professor of Arts Management at Sweet Briar College. Dr. Kuhar is a professional mezzo-soprano and has performed throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe. She has published and presented on arts policy and leadership, curriculum design and implementation, Leonard Bernstein, and arts entrepreneurship.

Kuhar earned her DM in Voice from Indiana University, MM in Music Education from Butler University, and a BS in Arts Administration from Butler University. To learn more about Dr. Kuhar, check out her SPEA Faculty Member page.

Bridget Albert is a 2nd year graduate student in the MAAA program. Bridget previously worked at The History Museum and The Studebaker National Museum as a Volunteer and Tour Coordinator before starting graduate school. Since they began at IU, they have been a Graduate Assistant at the Wylie House Museum, and interned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They are currently a Graduate Assistant in the SPEA Master’s Program Office and works as a Teaching Assistant in Museum Management Applications and Curating in Galleries and Museums at IU.

Collective Imagination Podcast Episode #1:

Dr. Joanna Woronkowicz (interviewed by Lauren Hall)
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Dr. Joanna Woronkowicz is an Assistant Professor at SPEA who conducts research in nonprofit management and cultural policy. She joined SPEA in 2013, and prior to that served as the Senior Research Officer at the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Woronkowicz regularly publishes and presents around the world on topics in cultural policy; most recently her essay, “Cultural Building Projects: Guidelines for Planning,” was printed in the NEA publication How to do Creative Placemaking

Woronkowicz earned her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, MA in Arts Management from American University, and a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor. To learn more about Dr. Woronkowicz and her work, check out her SPEA Faculty Member page.

Lauren Hall is a graduate student in the dual MAAA/MPA program at SPEA. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Indy Pulse and is an alumna of Teach for America-Indianapolis. During her time as a student at IU, Lauren previously worked as an Engagement Assistant at the IU Cinema and interned at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Check out Indy Pulse to find out more about the great work Lauren does.