Createquity is a research-backed investigation of the most important issues in the arts and what we, collectively and individually, can do about them. Founded in October 2007 by Ian David Moss, Createquity rapidly gained acclaim from readers across the web and has been called “the strongest, most provocative, well-connected arts [blog] that exists today” and “so amazingly good it’s almost in its own category of resource.” Once a one-person shop, Createquity now boasts an editorial team of five and has published work by nearly 50 writers. In summer 2014, anticipating the evolving needs of its readership, Createquity overhauled its editorial structure, priorities, and online presence to place a new emphasis on translating ideas to action to impact. We are committed to helping make the arts ecosystem work better for artists and audiences by making high-value information and analysis about critical issues in our field available to current and emerging decision-makers across the sector.
Ian David Moss founded Createquity as a first-year graduate student and has since emerged as a highly respected thought leader in the nonprofit arts sector. As Senior Director of Information Strategy for Fractured Atlas, Ian works with his own organization and the wider field to promote a culture of learning and assessment and support informed decision-making on behalf of the arts. Evidence-based strategic frameworks that he helped create have guided the distribution of nearly $75 million in grants to date by some of the nation’s most important arts funders.
Ian is a serial entrepreneur with a strong track record for envisioning and implementing creative solutions to longstanding problems. Most recently, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Cultural Research Network, an open resource-sharing forum for self-identified researchers in the arts that serves hundreds of members worldwide. He founded C4: The Composer/Conductor Collective in 2005, the first organization of its kind and the largest chorus exclusively singing music from the past 25 years, and currently serves on its board of directors. Hailed as “the strongest, most provocative, well connected arts blogger that exists today,” Ian has been named one of the top leaders in the nonprofit arts sector by his peers each year since 2010, and is in demand as a writer, editor, speaker, grant panelist, consultant, and guest lecturer. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Yale University and is based in Washington, DC.
John Carnwath is a consultant at WolfBrown, a research and consulting firm serving arts organizations, cultural agencies, and foundations. John’s work primary focuses on arts funding, cultural policy, and related issues of measurement and evaluation. Previously, John developed content for the theater section of the Chicago Artists Resource and served as the Dean of the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation. John holds a PhD from Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate seminars including “The Economics of the Performing Arts” and “Organizational Structures and Production Processes in contemporary US Theater,” while writing his dissertation on the institutional development of municipal theaters in Germany.
Talia Gibas is Arts for All Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Arts for All works to restore and sustain high quality arts education throughout Los Angeles County. Working closely with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Talia is responsible for arts education professional development programming for school district leaders. She also manages grant programs that support those leaders and connect school districts with teaching artists and arts organizations throughout the County. Prior to joining the Arts Commission in February 2009 she was Program Assistant at the Getty Foundation. Talia earned her A.B. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on Americans for the Arts’s Arts Education Council and was a fall 2012 Createquity Fellow. Talia originally hails from Philadelphia. In her non-arts life, she is a distance runner and triathlete.
Jackie Hasa is a generalist through and through. Jackie has deep roots in the Bay Area arts nonprofit community, having worked in marketing and development for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival,and American Institute of Architects, and as a public programs fellow with the Emerging Arts Professionals Bay Area. Currently, she serves as Community Partnerships Manager at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, an organization focused on the power of the arts to illuminate critical environmental and social issues. In her spare time, she helps organize psychogeographical forays into the hidden corners of the Bay Area, helping produce Journey to the End of the Night since 2007 and Wanderers Union since 2010.
Devon Smith is the Director of Social Media and Analytics at Threespot, a DC-based digital agency serving nonprofits and government agencies. In this capacity, her recent clients include the Brookings Institution, James Irvine Foundation, National Park Service, Pew Charitable Trusts, Planned Parenthood, and Smithsonian Institution. In the past two years, she has been a featured speaker at more than a dozen conferences in the U.S. and Australia. Earlier in her career, Devon worked for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Roundabout Theatre Company, Seattle’s Washington Ensemble Theatre, and the World Science Festival. Devon holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and an MFA in theatre management from Yale School of Drama, as well as two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington. She is a novice homebrewer, a published playwright, and an avid vagabond.