Lightning Round: The Evolution of Evaluation

Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
We're all looking for new ways to evaluate the impact and value of our work. In this lightning round, catch up on evaluation related to public art, arts education, social impact, diversity, aesthetics, and more.

This session addresses issues of arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, public art, and research.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.


Pam Korza
Co-Director, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Pam Korza co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. She co-wrote Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture, and the Arts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit. She co-edited Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art & Civic Dialogue, as well as the five-book Case Studies from Animating Democracy. She has consulted and offered workshops and presentations on arts and civic engagement for artists, cultural organizations, funders, and at cross-sector gatherings across the country and in China and South Korea. Pam is co-chair of the Assessing Practices in Public Scholarship research group for Imagining America (IA), a consortium of colleges and universities that advances public scholarship in the humanities, arts, and design and was a two-term member of IA’s National Advisory Board. As a consultant, Pam has partnered with Barbara Schaffer Bacon in organizational planning, program design and evaluation for cultural organizations, state arts agencies, and private foundations. She began her career with the Arts Extension Service (AES)/UMass where she coordinated the National Public Art Policy Project and co-wrote and edited Going Public: A field guide to developments in art in public places. She also directed the New England Film & Video Festival.
Jeremy Liu
Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development
Oakland, California

Jeremy Liu invents, samples, and remixes creative practices for equitable community development, from neighborhood film festivals to digital solutions for generating empathy and linguistic access; from real estate development to building social enterprises that create vital career ladders; and from artist-led community planning to adventurous campaigns for elected office that crack open leadership opportunities. He is a 2005 Artadia Award winner and his work has been exhibited in museums and art centers nationally. He is a co-founder of Creative Ecology Partners, an art and design studio for economic and community development innovation that developed the Creative Determinants of Health framework and created the National Bitter Melon Council to address social bitterness through the literal and poetic potential of Momordica charantia. As the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink, he is guiding a national initiative to integrate arts and culture into the work of equitable development.
Kamella Tate
Valley Village, California

Dr. Tate is the owner/principal of KTA/LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides research, program design, evaluation, and fund development services to community nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors. Clients have included City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Film Independent, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, LA County Arts Commission, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, T.H.E. Health & Wellness Centers, and Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, among others. She has served as senior staff at The Music Center, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Shakespeare Orange County, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California, Claremont Graduate University, and Chapman University. Dr. Tate also designs and teaches customized workshops in research methods and program evaluation throughout Los Angeles, working with practitioners, funders, and policy makers. She holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a doctorate in educational psychology from USC.
Nicole Upton
Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning
Chicago, Illinois

Nicole Upton is Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning at Ingenuity where she develops sector-wide strategies to strengthen student learning in and through the arts. She works with both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago’s arts and cultural community to build capacity, strengthen leadership and facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing within and among organizations. Previously, she served the CPS Department of Arts Education overseeing arts curriculum, instruction and assessment initiatives, professional development, partnerships and strategic planning for the arts and CPS Arts Education Plan implementation. She has also served as the Senior Director of Education at the Auditorium Theatre, Program Director and Drama Director at a sleep away camp, as a director and stage manager, and as a high school theatre teacher.

Nicole holds a BA in Comprehensive Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Patricia Moore Shaffer
Deputy Director, Research & Analysis
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Moore Shaffer, Ph.D., is Deputy Director for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis. She has led over forty program evaluations ranging from national evaluation studies conducted for federal agencies including the Library of Congress and NASA to smaller-scale research and evaluation studies for state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations. At the NEA, Patricia is leading work on the development of a theory of change and measurement model for the agency’s creative placemaking initiative, Our Town, and also directing an evaluation study of the Poetry Out Loud program. Prior to her work as an evaluator, she worked as an arts educator and administrator for nearly 20 years. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary, with undergraduate studies in the visual arts. She serves as Communications Chair for the Washington Evaluators.