As the Program Assistant, Carolyn supports program activities for National Arts Strategies, ensuring successful in-person and online event coordination for programs including The Chief Executive Program, Creative Community Fellows, Alumni events and other custom programs. She coordinates with participants, vendors, partners, and the NAS team to produce each event.
Carolyn is an arts manager, visual artist, and writer. She recently graduated from American University’s Arts Management MA program. Her thesis on alternative art spaces in America and the relationship between place, community and artists in sites of adaptive reuse won the Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Arts at the Matthias Rafferty Student Research Conference in 2016. After coming to DC from Pittsburgh for graduate school, Carolyn had the opportunity to intern at cultural organizations like the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Transformer. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BHA in Creative Writing and Fine Art. Pittsburgh is one of her favorite cities and she is happy to share her favorite spaces to grab a coffee or see art.
From August 2013 to May 2014 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in Pondicherry, India, where she used poetry and art to investigate modern day spiritual journeys and cultural exchange. Her first poetry chapbook, Stray Gods was written during her time in Pondicherry and was published in March 2016. Carolyn is a co-editor of VIATORproject, a magazine of writing and art about spaces and places.
She enjoys traveling, working on new art projects, every combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and reading new and old books.
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