This office hour on Research for Strategy and Resource Building, Erika and Dianne will answer any questions regarding how to utilize research strategies and skills within an organization.
Erika Pettersen (she/her/hers) is a Research Scientist at Arts Business Collaborative's Rising Tides Research Institute. Through research, development, and creative collaborations, she supports the visibility and survivability of BIPOC artists, cultural workers, and social entrepreneurs. She has over ten years of experience as a nonprofit professional working on community-centered, resident-led programs and initiatives at organizations such as ARTs East New York, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, Haiti Cultural Exchange, and the Youth Design Center. Her diverse educational pursuits--including a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College, a certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, and post baccalaureate coursework in Studio Art & Art History at Brooklyn College--underpin this work. Most recently, she completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.
Dianne Walsh (she/her/hers) is a Administrative Assistant at Arts Business Collaborative's Rising Tides Research Institute.Dianne previously lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and an MSc in History of Art. Her academic studies involved conducting ethnographic research in Hong Kong and critical analysis of embodiment within dance-theater performance. She also worked with various dance/arts organizations across Edinburgh and in home-based direct service to convert theory and holistic thinking into practical and sustainable support. She believes in the arts and cultural practices as an active means of interrogation and assertion – and is committed to continuing this work to center the artistic lives, histories and survival of historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities.