Thursday, August 9, 2007
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Angela Han, Director of Research
Angela Han directs NASAA's research services, managing the surveys and other information gathering strategies NASAA uses to maintain data about state arts agencies and their work. Han oversees NASAA's data analysis and reporting, and serves as the point-person for information requests from members and the public. She helps state arts agencies and NASAA partners use research to assist their planning, evaluation and advocacy activities. Han also monitors current arts and public policy research, keeping members abreast of trends that affect public funding for the arts.
As a former state arts agency grantee, Han has first-hand experience with the application procedures and reporting requirements employed by the states. Prior to joining NASAA, Han served as the Executive Director of River Arts, Inc. in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. There she managed all aspects of programming, community outreach, marketing, and fundraising for an arts presenter in the rural Midwest. Han also has extensive experience as a musician and orchestra manager. She received a Bachelor of Musical Arts with Distinction from the University of Windsor, and was the Executive Director of the Plymouth Symphony Society in Plymouth, Michigan from 2003 to 2005.
Han's research work at NASAA is also shaped by her education. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, where she received an MBA in Arts Administration. She also holds a Physics degree from the California Institute of Technology.
Jesse Rye, Policy and Program Associate
As NASAA's Policy and Program Associate, Jesse Rye documents many kinds of programs that state arts agencies use to serve state government, encourage public arts participation, and strengthen statewide arts networks. He catalogs state arts agency planning practices, grant guidelines and the services states provide to artists and arts organizations. Rye also tracks creative partnerships, innovations and "best practices" in the state arts agency field, and shares that information with the NASAA membership and other key audiences.
Prior to his service at NASAA, Rye directed Future Tenant, an alternative exhibition and performance space in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District. He also worked for the Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace, in Algoma, WI, which features works by outsider, self-taught, visionary and contemporary folk artists. Rye is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. While earning his Masters of Arts Management degree, Rye assisted the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sprout Fund with a study on the roles that artists play in post-industrial communities. Rye also holds a theatre degree from Ripon College and has taught drama in the public schools.
Dora Shick, Membership Associate
Dora Shick supports NASAA's efforts to identify and engage individuals who contribute to NASAA via the Affiliate program. She supports NASAA's communications with its state arts agency members by maintaining reliable and comprehensive information about members, donors and prospects. Shick also helps with other fund development activities, such as corporate and foundation grant applications, maintaining NASAA's donor database and providing support for committees and governance activities.
Prior to joining NASAA, Shick worked for the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Shick has a B.A. in Government from Smith College and is involved with a local dance studio as a dancer and volunteer.
NASAA 2007 Award Nominations
Deadlines for the Gary Young Award, Distinguished Public Service Award and Accessiblity Award are less than a month away! Visit http://www.nasaa-arts.org/nasaanews/2007_award_forms.shtml
NASAA Strategic Plan Online
The plan approved by the membership last September outlines an exciting and challenging agenda. The planning document—in conjunction with NASAA's Strategic Planning Resource Center—can also be a valuable resource to members engaged in their own planning processes.
A Ford Foundation initiative that encourages effective grant-making practices has released a new addition to their series of evaluation tools. "Participatory Action Research" describes how grantmakers can involve community members in program assessment.