Funding, Innovating, and Evaluating at the "Arts And" Intersection

Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Success in work at the "arts and" intersection—also called social impact work—requires a thoughtful mix of funding, partnership development, program innovation, and evaluation. In this session, learn more about different examples along that pipeline, including from funders, local arts agencies, and non-arts partners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the types of innovative funding models that are starting to appear to support "arts and" partnership work.
  2. Hear about innovative "arts and" partnerships that maximized the strengths of all involved and yielded strong community impacts.
  3. Learn how to place evaluation at the center of your work, to ensure that you are always able to move--and measure--towards the shared goals of the project.



Theo Edmonds
Chief Imaginator
Louisville, Kentucky

Born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of south eastern Kentucky, Theo is an artist, healthcare professional and social entrepreneur who was selected as one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South" by Southern Living Magazine.  His work is guided by a singular philosophy: Culture Shapes Health.  He is dedicated to establishing new value paradigms and mutually-beneficial relationships between artists, entrepreneurs, corporations and emerging philanthropic structures at the nexus of Culture, Community Development and Health. Theo is Vice Chair of Americans for the Arts' Private Sector Council, Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board's Cultural/Social Impact Committee, and lead design consultant to CenterLink Health's work with the Center for Disease Control to establish a national LGBTQ+ Center of Excellence model. He was co-leader for Louisville's successful 2016 bid to be named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner.

Libby Barbee
Manager of Art and Grant-Making
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Denver, Colorado

In search of a profession that would allow her to dabble as a philosopher, geographer, naturalist, anthropologist, writer and explorer of everything, Libby settled on a career in the arts, receiving a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Libby believes that culture and the arts are integral to the creation of strong and equitable communities, and strives to realize creative solutions to important problems by supporting artists and creatives. When not supporting artists and grantees through her work at RedLine, Libby can be found in her studio where she creates artwork that explores the relationship between nature and culture.