I’m pleased to announce two additions to the Createquity family! Jena and Lindsey will be contributing posts to the site through December as the newest Createquity Writing Fellows.

Lindsey CosgroveLindsey Cosgrove has been external affairs coordinator at the National Guild for Community Arts Education since September 2011. After earning a B.A. in Music at the University of Mary Washington, Lindsey came to New York to intern at the National Guild in the fall of 2009. In 2011, Lindsey earned an M.A. in urban education policy from Brown University. Before officially joining the National Guild team, Lindsey worked with various arts education nonprofits including the Center for Arts Education in New York City, Arts for the Aging in Washington DC, and Guitars Not Guns in Fredericksburg, VA. She will be exploring the intersection between cognitive linguistics and arts advocacy for Createquity, with a particular focus on arts education.

Jena LeeJena Lee plans to bring her background in professional art appraisal and international experience to bear in considering the value of the artist in society. Jena was born and raised in Chicago, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She works closely with emerging to mid-career artists as a consultant specializing in project and practice development. She is a contributor to and coordinator of Incendiary Traces, a community-driven conceptual project lead by artist Hillary Mushkin and featured on KCET’s arts and culture blog Artbound. Jena is also an associate art appraiser apprenticing with Charles Credaroli, a reputable Los Angeles art appraiser with more than 30 years experience. Prior to moving to LA, Jena was the Studio Programs Coordinator for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI and Curator of the Emerging Artists Gallery for the Hidden River Arts Festival 2008 and 2009. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Integrated Studio Art from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2006.

Please join me in welcoming Lindsey and Jena to Createquity!