Jennifer is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years experience leading arts organizations and producing the work of contemporary artists working in, across (and around), all artistic disciplines. She relocated from Australia to the US in August 2012 and, in addition to her role as Shunpike’s Executive Director, she is a board member of On the Boards.
Prior to joining Shunpike, Jennifer was Director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Australia’s leading organization for contemporary arts and community engagement. During Jennifer’s leadership FCAC was transformed, undergoing a major capital redevelopment and introducing a diverse curatorial framework built on the principles of innovation, access and diversity.
In addition to her roles as a producer and manager, Jennifer has extensive experience as a consultant specializing in strategic planning and market development for the arts and cultural sector. In this capacity, she has worked with all levels of government – locally and internationally – as well as arts organizations of all sizes.
Jennifer holds a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) and an MA in Theatre Studies. In her (non-existent) spare time she writes and received a Certificate in Literary Fiction at the University of Washington. Her short story, Ha Ha, was recently published in an anthology of work by emerging Seattle-based writers and Stratus, UW’s journal of arts and writing.
Anne Blackburn joined Shunpike in December 2012 and became the Storefronts Manager in July 2013. An installation artist, independent curator and arts administrator, Anne delights in collaborating with artists, creating installations in natural and built landscapes, and living on the advancing margins of culture, where the life is.
A resident of Seattle for 15 years, Anne has been involved with Pratt Fine Arts Center, 911 Media, Washington Ensemble Theatre, co-founded Canoe Social Club, and curated the Lo Fi festival at Smoke Farm. She holds a degree in Arts, Culture, and Narrative from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands.
Creative sherpa with a dirt floor and firework ideals. Add to that mix a healthy dose of social permaculture, americanos, maps, a systems view, beets, exploration, true freedom and belly laughs, you’ve got the picture.
More formally described, Casey Engels joined Shunpike as the Arts Business Clinic Manager in February of 2013. Her past work dovetails art and civic engagement practices, with a natural inclination towards organizational and systems development. As the Program Coordinator for the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she worked extensively on co-curricular, community driven projects. From shining up artist’s statements to crafting business plans with creatives or finalizing grants for collaboratives, Casey’s consulting work tells it’s own story. She nerds out a bit given the chance to continuously improve these skills and, more importantly, share them the right audience.
Currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Systems Thinking and Design at Antioch Seattle, Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts + Art Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Documentation and stories from her year plus traversing the globe, volunteering on small farms, investigating international community arts practices, and eating lots of delicious food can be found at wonderwander.org.
Rachel Painting joined Shunpike in March 2011. Rachel is a self-proclaimed nonprofit nerd and lover of all forms of art. She brings over a decade of experience working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations. She’s been involved with a wide variety of arts groups and helped found a still-active 501(c)(3) arts organization in Austin, TX.
Rachel is a graduate of Seattle University’s Executive Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program, where she focused on capacity and community building within small organizations.
Kellen Braddock joined Shunpike in June 2012. She received her MFA in Arts Leadership through Seattle University, matching her interest in creative business and nonprofit work. Prior to that, she completed her MFA at the University of Michigan, sub-concentrating in Creative Writing where she received literary honors and awards for her work (Including the Hopwood Award, Cowden Fellowship, Caldwell Poetry Prize, and the Virgina Voss Scholarship).
Today, Kellen enjoys writing poetry and pursuing mixed media projects with artists of all kinds. She is also the Finance & Development Director for APRIL – or ‘Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature’ – a small press and independent literature organization which was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award in 2013. APRIL has been under the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike since January 2012.
Katy Hannigan is the new Office and Executive Assistant for Shunpike. A San Jose, CA native, Katy has spent most of the past five years living in New England. After graduating with a degree in Theatre from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2012, she moved to Somerville, MA to pursue a position at MASSCreative, a new non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural community across Massachusetts. There, Katy discovered an interest in nonprofit arts administration and is thrilled to work with Shunpike in this capacity.
Katy is passionate about creating the systems necessary to best foster artists’ creativity and, through that, helping artists to create vibrant, connected communities in a sustainable way. Here in Seattle, she worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre as the 2013-2014 Arts Management Intern and is considering diving back into costume design. Outside of work, Katy loves cooking, hiking, craft beer, and gardening.