Susannah Laramee Kidd

Senior Researcher
Metris Arts Consulting
Easton, Pennsylvania

Susannah Laramee Kidd, an ethnographer turned evaluator and arts and culture policy researcher, is Senior Researcher for Metris Arts Consulting. Prior to joining Metris, Laramee Kidd has worked as an independent arts and culture research consultant, as well as Research Analyst and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. As an independent consultant, she wrote a brief guide for evaluators and researchers on the “Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence for Arts for Change” framework published by Animating Democracy in 2017. As a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Arts Commission, she produced a report titled "Art as Infrastructure" as part of her evaluation of public art, social practice, and public engagement projects at parks and libraries in unincorporated LA County neighborhoods. She also supported work at the Arts Commission in cultural equity and inclusion and public grantmaking in the arts.

Laramee Kidd holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology of Religion and Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. Her academic research focused on how religious communities and individuals make meaning through everyday imaginative/aesthetic practices, like reading in discussion groups, and she continues to be interested in the interplay between the social and aesthetic dimensions of meaning-making.