Evaluation Round-Up

Friday, June 14, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

So popular we brought it back! Check out lightning-fast presentations on evaluation projects from the past year! This is a great opportunity to hear and exchange ideas around evaluation investments that are yielding returns in better data, learning and communication.

Learning Objectives:

1. Compare and contrast the projects, and discuss how they're applicable to you.

2. Discuss how to make sure evaluation becomes an integral part of every project you do.

3. Consider evaluation from the perspectives of funders, intermediaries and projects on the ground.


Anne Katz
Executive Director
Arts Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Anne Katz is executive director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, whose mission is to nurture, serve, promote, and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities.  She guides Arts Wisconsin’s programs and activities, serves Wisconsin’s diverse and ever-expanding creative community, and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries on the local level. Anne was an Arts Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988, and was a member of the 2014-2015 class of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program, a global leadership program focused on community cultural development. Under her leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts.   Anne has received the Alene Valkanas Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, the “Service to Music” Award from the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award.  Anne serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Leadership Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council.

Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Co-Director, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
Divya Rao Heffley
Associate Director
Office of Public Art
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Divya Rao Heffley is an arts professional with over ten years of experience in museums, public art, and programming. A Pittsburgh native, she developed a love affair with cities early on that led her to pursue a PhD at Brown University on the intersections between urban design, architecture, and spatial perception. A commitment to the critical role of the arts in the urban experience brought Divya back to Carnegie Museum of Art, where she managed the Hillman Photography Initiative from 2011-2017. An advocate of equity in the arts, she launched artist commissions and public programming that addressed a range of contemporary issues, seeking to foster social justice and cultural equity in public, gallery, and online spaces. 

Divya has juried Photolucida’s Critical Mass International Photography Competition and the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, and reviewed at CENTER Santa Fe’s REVIEW Santa Fe. Divya’s writing has appeared in Museums and Visitor Photography; Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice, v.2; Design and Culture; Carnegie Magazine; and the Center for the Future of Museums blog. Divya holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a BA in the History of Art from Yale University.

Bill Flood
Bill Flood Community Cultural Development

I am a community cultural development consultant dedicated to supporting public and private non-profit organizations and Tribes in the development of healthy, compassionate organizations and communities. My website above details my approach and projects in the U.S. and Europe.

Much of my work focuses on supporting and developing local culture toward community improvement goals. Culture (what we feel most strongly about) is the glue that brings us together or tears us apart. I am currently evaluating collaborative projects funded by the Oregon Community Foundation, supporting a rural community in development of a 10-year vision and action plan, serving as an equity coach, and organizing a statewide summit on cultural stewardship for Oregon’s county and Tribal cultural coalitions.

I hold a Master of Science in Community Systems Planning and Development and am a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant which enabled me to teach for the Cultural Management Program at the Potsdam Fachhochschule (Potsdam, Germany.) I have taught Community Cultural Development and other arts administration courses for the University of Oregon, and served as the Community Development Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission and one of the first Oregon Cultural Trust staff -- culturaltrust.org.

San San Wong
Director, Arts & Creativity
Barr Foundation
Kim Szeto
Program Director, Public Art
New England Foundation for the Arts