Lightning Round: Research Round-Up

Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The annual tradition continues with lightning-fast research summaries from some of the best new research of the year!

Presentation Slides:
Jenna Gabriel
Sarah Lee
Todd Trebour

This session addresses issues of research.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.


Graciela Kahn
Research Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Graciela holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Humanistic and Social Studies from the Universidad de Monterrey. Before joining Americans for the Arts she worked as a project manager for exhibitions at the Centro de las Artes in Monterrey, Mexico and at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time at CMU she was contributor to the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory publishing on topics related to management, engagement and planning tools for small arts organizations.
Jean Johnstone
Executive Director
Teaching Artists Guild
Los Angeles, California
Todd Trebour
Program Coordinator
UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service
Amherst, Massachusetts

Todd Trebour is the Program Coordinator for the UMass-Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES). Through his work at AES, Todd helps artists and arts students build vibrant careers and businesses through courses, trainings, and entrepreneurship programming. He works with arts organizations, local cultural councils, and city planners to bring training programs on business, marketing and entrepreneurship topics to artists. In addition to leading trainings, he teaches arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses on-campus and online. Todd also works with artists and arts organizations in Western Massachusetts to create equitable internship opportunities, and connects area college students with these opportunities through cross campus-community programming. He has also worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd is currently a Co-Chair of AFTA’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.
Sarah Lee
Slover Linett Audience Research
Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Lee is president of Slover Linett and guides the firm’s evolving exploration of cultural ecosystems, community and audience engagement, and organizational development and its relationship to social and civic impact. She designs research and evaluation studies that create new knowledge about community engagement and social impact for individual cultural and creative placemaking organizations and the field at large, leading Slover Linett’s work with the James Irvine Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is, most recently, the co-author of Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes, a whitepaper for the Levitt Foundation. Before joining Slover Linett, Sarah completed doctoral coursework in urban and cultural policy, program evaluation, and econometric analysis at the University of Chicago, where she also earned her master’s degree. She earned her BA in government cum laude from Harvard University.
Jenna Gabriel
Manager, Special Education
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, District of Columbia