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 a full-fledged editorial team 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 $100 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 has served on its board of directors. 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.
Michael Feldman provides strategic and engagement advice to local and international arts organizations. Based in Washington, D.C., he also serves as a board member of the Alliance for a New Music Theatre, an arts partner of the Czech Embassy for their Mutual Inspirations Festival. Michael is a former cultural attaché and diplomat whose experience bridges the arts, development, and public policy worlds. Michael was a director at PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief; a director for Europe and Central Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and professional staff of the Budget Committee of the U.S. Senate as part of a fellowship with the American Political Science Association. At the US State Department, Michael served in Europe and Central Africa; he oversaw assistance for the Balkans; and he negotiated policy with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G-7/8 process, and the European Union. Michael graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics and speaks German, Czech, French and Italian.
Katherine Gressel is an NYC-based freelance artist, curator and writer focused on site‐specific and community art. Her popular article on public art evaluation from her 2011 Createquity Writing Fellowship led to multiple writing and speaking engagements with Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network and Public Art Dialogue, among others. Katherine is currently the Contemporary Curator at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House, and has also curated for Brooklyn Historical Society, FIGMENT, No Longer Empty, and NARS Foundation. She is the founder of Brooklyn Utopias, an exhibition and public programming series inviting artists and community groups to respond to urban planning issues. Her curatorial work has been recognized by The New York Times, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, News 12 Brooklyn, and DNAInfo, and through grants from Brooklyn Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. Katherine has painted community murals internationally and exhibited her own artwork throughout NYC, and currently runs an award-winning business, Event Painting by Katherine, creating live paintings of private events. Katherine has also held programming, grantwriting and teaching artist jobs and internships at such organizations as Smack Mellon, Arts to Grow, Creative Time and the Brooklyn Museum. Katherine earned her BA in art from Yale and MA in arts administration from Columbia.
Katie Ingersoll works at the the Cultural Data Project (CDP), a nonprofit that seeks to empower the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. Katie works to develop and deliver educational resources to help organizations make use of CDP’s tools and data. Prior to joining the CDP, Katie was a Policy Researcher at the Prometheus Radio Project, working to create opportunities for local groups to use radio to benefit their communities. She holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in public and academic libraries. In her spare time, Katie is an amateur mosaic artist and circus performer in training.
Shawn Renee Lent is an international social practice dance artist, blogger, educator, and manager with experience from South Chicago to East London to Northwest Bosnia. Shawn is currently transitioning back to the States after three years living abroad. In 2012, she moved to Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar with a project titled “Artist as Catalyst.” Following her grant, Shawn remained in Egypt as the EducationUSA Advising Coordinator with AMIDEAST and the US State Department, while also building dance programs for 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt and the U.S. Embassy Cairo. Previously, Shawn was the Arts Integration Program Specialist at Columbia College Chicago and a member of numerous nonprofit boards. Her honors include being selected for the UN Alliance of Civilizations International Fellowship, American Express Social Purpose Leadership Academy, World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, and the Universal Exposition in Milan. Shawn holds a Master of Arts Management degree with a concentration in Arts in Youth and Community Development from Columbia College Chicago, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Youth Arts Development from Goldsmith’s College, and a BFA from Millikin University, where she had the honor of being Commencement Speaker in 2014.
Fari Nzinga was born and raised in Boston, MA and graduated from Oberlin College in 2005, where she was awarded a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Her Mellon thesis explored the lives of Black Cuban women in Havana and drew heavily from fieldwork conducted there during a study abroad semester. In 2006 she enrolled at Duke University in the Cultural Anthropology program where she would earn both her M.A. and Ph.D. Having lived in New Orleans since 2009, her dissertation explored Black-led, community-based institutions using art and culture to help achieve their social justice-oriented missions, as well as the political-economic landscape in which they operate. While conducting fieldwork in post-Katrina New Orleans she worked for a theater production company with organizational roots stretching back to the civil rights movement. In fall 2014, she began a two-year ACLS Public Fellowship position as the Public Policy Officer at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Clara Inés Schuhmacher is an artist, writer and producer interested in the intersection of art, public space and community. Currently, she is Director of Marketing & Events for the DUMBO Improvement District, where she develops creative programs in the neighborhood’s public spaces with and for the benefit of its residents, businesses and cultural organizations. She also serves as Associate Producer for the New York Village Halloween Parade, the largest of its kind in the United States. Previously, she served as Director of Operations for Make Music New York, facilitating the creation of thousands of free, participatory musical events across NYC on the summer solstice; as Development Manager for Institutional Giving for the American Music Center, where she played a key role in supporting the organization through a merger which resulted in New Music USA; and Assistant Director of the new media festival Pixilerations, under the auspices of Providence’s FirstWorks. Clara is a founding artist member of the collective vvitalny; her video art & installations have been presented in the United States, Argentina, Israel and across Europe. She holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from Brown University, and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Salem Tsegaye works at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. As Assistant Director for the Arts Research Institute, she supports faculty with research development, including interdisciplinary, collaborative projects, and fosters dialogue around new directions in creative practice. Salem previously worked at The New York Community Trust, a community foundation, where she managed the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund, supporting arts and cultural advocacy, policy, and equity, and the Fund for New Citizens, supporting immigrant rights advocacy, immigration legal services, and capacity-building for immigrant-led nonprofits. Prior to The Trust, Salem worked as a grant writer for the Queens Museum, and as a training and technical assistance provider for government agencies and small and mid-size nonprofits in Washington D.C. She holds an MA in Design Studies from Parsons The New School for Design and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.
Benzamin Yi is a freelance graphic designer and communications consultant based in NYC. Previously, he was the Communications Associate at the Democracy Collaborative (formerly part of the University of Maryland), a Washington-based political economics think tank focused on democratizing ownership of wealth. During his time there, he designed many infographics simplifying complex economic models and striking data points on the inequality of wealth in America that have been published in various media outlets such as the Huffington Post, Alternet, Cooperative Business Journal, AFL-CIO, MIT CoLab, Shareable, and Upworthy. He is also the co-author of a report on the state of student activism and university relations in helping to build community wealth in its surrounding neighborhoods, titled Raising Student Voices (2013). He holds a BA in Philosophy with minors in Political Science and Environmental Analysis & Design from the University of California, Irvine.
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.
Katy Coy is the executive director of the Association of Arts Administration Educators. As the organization’s first full-time leader, she has grown membership, created a variety of new strategic partnerships, and increased the scope and impact of the organization’s annual conference. Previously, Katy was the Chief Communications Officer of eTech Ohio, a stage agency dedicated to funding and implementing educational technology initiatives statewide. Katy has held leadership positions with the Columbus Symphony, The University of Chicago’s Music Performance Program, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. She previously served as Treasurer of the board at Wild Goose Creative (Columbus, OH). Katy holds a BA in arts administration from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University.
Talia Gibas is Professional Development Programs Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she is responsible for the administration of technical assistance and arts internship programs designed to increase the capacity of the arts sector. Prior to assuming this post in April 2014 she served as the manager of Arts for All, Los Angeles County’s arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. In her six years with Arts for All she oversaw a number of professional development initiatives and grant programs targeting school and district leaders. She also served on Americans for the Arts’s Arts Education Council from 2011-2014. 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. In her non arts life she is an avid endurance athlete and proud member of California Triathlon.
Daniel Reid is executive director of the Whiting Foundation. Prior to joining Whiting, he provided strategic consulting to cultural and other nonprofit institutions such as UNESCO, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Gates Foundation; helped launch the CUNY Institute for Education Policy; and worked as an acquisitions editor at Other Press. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Daniel writes on cultural and philanthropic policy. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.
Stephanie Wykstra is an independent research consultant with a focus on open science, impact evaluation and evidence synthesis. She previously directed the Research Transparency Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she managed IPA’s data repository and conducted training workshops on reproducible research. Stephanie has also held research positions with philanthropic advisory groups including GiveWell, and worked in academia as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She holds a BA from Yale University and earned a PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University, specializing in Epistemology.