Experience. It’s a multi-faceted word, and if the Engaging The Future organizations are any indication, it appears to be the focus of audience engagement efforts in Northeast Ohio’s arts and culture sector.
Megan Van Voorhis is Vice President of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, a nonprofit arts and culture service organization in Northeast Ohio. During her tenure, Van Voorhis has conducted and managed research projects in the areas of arts and cultural economic impact, cultural tourism, local public sector funding of arts and culture and marketing. She has been active in the organization’s public policy efforts including serving as Chair of the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund adjudication panel and assisting with the development and implementation of Cuyahoga County’s Arts and Culture As Economic Development Grants program and the newly formed Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. She co-created the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute and has been instrumental in licensing the program to other cities in the United States. Van Voorhis subsequently worked with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to develop and implement the COSE Arts Network, which has become a national model for providing health insurance and business services to the creative industries. Van Voorhis launched the Collaborative Marketing Database in Cleveland in 2007, a collaborative project of twelve arts and cultural organizations in Northeast Ohio, which is designed to increase attendance at, and revenue from, arts and cultural activities. She consults with peers nationwide on their collaborative marketing efforts and has presented at national conferences regarding the project. Van Voorhis is an adjunct faculty member in the Arts Management program at Baldwin Wallace College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.