Culture Mama is written by Jennifer Lin who is passionate about music, dance, photography, art, and design. She currently is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer; works with the Missouri Chamber Music Festival and the Carolina Chamber Music Festival; volunteers at her daughter’s school; studies ballet at area studios, and loves Pure Barre. She has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit arts organizations. Before moving to St. Louis, Ms. Lin was Director of Marketing & Audience Development at the Sacramento Opera where she was responsible for marketing, public relations, social media, audience development, and graphic design activities. While at the Sacramento Opera, she shaped the company’s brand, established 50 annual promotional partnerships with area businesses, created a word of mouth strategy, improved patron services, and increased ticket sales, among other projects. Ms. Lin has previously held curatorial, development, artist residency, editorial and administrative positions at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While working in Washington, DC, Ms. Lin managed an emerging artists piano series at the Kennedy Center, assisted with many artist residencies such as Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Project, helped with the programming and production of 80 classical, jazz, and international music and dance performances a year throughout the DC region, organized arts administration seminars in Philadelphia, La Jolla, and DC, and coordinated grant giving programs for individuals and arts organizations. Ms. Lin has written for and edited several publications including WPAS’ Insights, exhibition catalogues on artists Donald Lipski, Jana Sterbak, and Mariko Mori, and program notes at the Kennedy Center. She received her BA in English and Music: Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA in Arts Management from the American University in Washington, DC.
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