Cultural Arts Division Manager
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With 20 years of experience in nonprofit and cultural programming, Meghan Wells currently serves the City of Austin as the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division Manager and is responsible for developing arts, culture, and creative industries as economic development strategies. She oversees a staff of 20, and a portfolio of programs including Cultural Funding, Art in Public Places, Civic Arts Planning, Creative Space Development, the People’s Gallery Exhibition, and the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility. Wells holds a B.A. from Rockhurst University, and M.A. from Texas Tech University.
CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAM
Cultural Funding Contract Management Specialist III
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Jesús Pantel manages the almost $13 million Cultural Arts Funding Program and is familiar with both sides of arts funding, having worked as a Grant Writer for Pittsburgh’s multidisciplinary Squonk Opera. Jesús’ artistic background is in theatre, he is a Board Member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres, and he has reviewed funding applications for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the States of Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas, and the Cities of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
Contract Management Specialist II
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Laura Odegaard is an international arts manager with Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (Arts Management/Public Policy) and the Università di Bologna (Cultural Economics and Innovation). Laura has worked with artists, curators, and museums in the U.S., Europe, and the Caucasus Region developing exhibitions, innovative community engagement, and sustainable business strategies. At CAD, Laura dances between the Cultural Funding team (Capacity Building and Core F-O) and Special Projects (Faces of Austin, Playable City Austin, and Federal Grant initiatives).
Cultural Funding Program Associate
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Peggy manages cultural contracts as a member of the Cultural Arts Funding team. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has over 20 years’ experience working with artists of all kinds, in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She’s been a Burning Man participant since 2001, and serves on Art Support Services Team at the annual event in Nevada.
Cultural Funding Program Associate
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Barbara Horowitz is a marketing communications industry veteran known for distinctive, resourceful and responsible creative project solutions in collaboration with independent designers, design studios, advertising and PR agencies, commercial printers, educational institutions, museums, galleries, artists and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Cultural Funding team, she was a project manager with Austin’s Art in Public Places program. Barbara is CAD’s go-to gal for print production management expertise. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Contract Management Specialist II
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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES (AIPP) PROGRAM
AIPP Program Manager
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Sue Lambe manages the City of Austin's Art in Public Places Program, and is responsible for the existing public art collection of over 300 pieces and for the active permanent and temporary art projects underway throughout the City of Austin. Prior to leading the program, she spent five years as a public art project manager. She is a licensed landscape architect in Maine and Texas, with over 20 years of experience designing public spaces. Lambe holds a BFA in Landscape Architecture from University of Illinois CU. She believes in public art as a meaningful way to connect people to their community – art can spark the ‘aha!’ moments that bring people together.
AIPP Project Manager
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Anna Bradley has extensive project management experience in negotiating contracts, budget allocation, communicating client and stakeholder needs, managing multiple projects, public art research and current trends, construction and installation solutions, and public presentations. She holds a BFA in photography from The University of the Arts and studied furniture and industrial design at California College of the Arts.
Shirley is the Cultural Arts Division’s resident data analyst and planner providing key insights on Austin’s creative economy and cultural assets. She has overseen several community input and data collection initiatives such as CAMP: the Cultural Asset Mapping Project and the annual Creative Space Survey. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and earned her Bachelors from New York University’s Gallatin School with a concentration in cultural planning and creative placemaking.
As a project manager with AIPP, Marjorie Flanagan enjoys facilitating the art selection and commissioning process, as well as working with artists, fabricators, community stakeholders, other city departments and staff. Previously she helped private sector businesses, educational and healthcare facilities grow their art collections and worked with artists all over the country. Marjorie holds a Master’s degree in Art Education and raises two young children to enjoy and value art as a public amenity, economic driver and creative personal outlet.
Suzanne manages and coordinates the annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. With over twelve years of gallery management experience, her true passion is to help artists, and to promote their work.
Creative Industries Development Manager
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Jim Butler’s work for the City of Austin is focused on creative industries development and programs that support affordable workspace and capacity building for Austin’s creative sector. His work related to improving Austin’s economy began in the 1980’s.
Public Relations & Marketing Specialist
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Kathleen Brady Stimpert is a strategic communications professional with nearly two decades of experience in public relations and marketing. She specializes in cultural and non-profit organizations and has overseen communications strategies for institutions including Forum Gallery (NYC), the National Academy Museum (NYC), and the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin). At the Cultural Arts Division, she manages all public relations and marketing, as well as the city’s UNESCO designation and cultural tourism plan.
Zelenny fulfills the digital and print graphic design needs for the Cultural Arts Division and provides some photography, video, and social media assistance. She has a BS in Civil Engineering with a certificate in Digital Arts & Media from UT Austin, and her passion has always been in multimedia creative arts.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL & HERITAGE FACILITY (AACHF)
AACHF Program Manager
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T.J. Owens is the Program Manager & Facility Director of the African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility (AACHF). With over 13 years of commercial and residential Real Estate assessment experience and 10 years of experience with the City of Austin’s highly innovative Economic Development Department, T.J. realizes that for communities to prosper you must have vehicles for education, inspiration, and financial stabilization in place. Also, by working with various commission boards, universities, and advocacy groups, the AACHF has become a cornerstone of the community underneath the stewardship of T.J. Owens.
AACHF Program Associate
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Brenda Mims Malik manages the front office of the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility. As a native Austinite, her career has included teaching media to high school students, project manager for a federally sponsored development initiative, City Council Aide, and television news producer and anchor for (2) local stations.