Shifting to Sector-Wide Metrics

Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
We have a wealth of data among us--how can we shift to sector-wide metrics and measurement to demonstrate our impact?

This session addresses issues of capacity, engagement, evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, leadership, and research.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.


Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte Mecklenburg
Charlotte, North Carolina
With over 35 years experience, Robert is a nationally known for his work the local arts agency field. Since 2000, he served in numerous leadership roles at ASC prior to being named president in 2014. Before joining ASC, Bush was the president and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, NC and Arts United in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds a B.S. and a M.A. with a concentration in Community Education from Appalachian State University. Bush has served on the faculty of the MAAA program at Goucher College and is currently on the faculty of the MPA program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He was recognized by AFTA with the 2014 Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership and was named to the 2014 and 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.
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.
Jennifer Armstrong
Associate Director
National Center for Arts Research
Dallas, Texas
Jennifer Armstrong is the Associate Director of the National Center for Arts Research. She has more than fifteen years of experience in arts and community development at the local, state and national levels. Prior to joining NCAR, Jennifer served as the Director of Community Arts Development for the Illinois Arts Council Agency, working with local arts agencies, arts service organizations and other community development stakeholders to help build a strong, creative and connected Illinois. Jennifer serves as Vice President of the Robert E. Gard Foundation and is on the advisory board for Art of the Rural. She served for over ten years on the board of The Association of American Cultures, was a co-founder and past Chair of Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council, and was the recipient of the inaugural Emerging Leader Award in 2006. Previously, she served as Executive Director of 40 North | 88 West in Champaign County, as Program Coordinator for the Department of Dance at Arizona State University, and as Managing Director of the Peoria Area Arts Council. An Illinois native, Jennifer studied business administration, theater and dance at Millikin University.