Caitlin Strokosch has been involved in professional arts management for nearly two decades; she has served the Alliance since 2002 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. During her tenure with the Alliance, she has launched several major initiatives, including the Emerging Program Institute, the Leadership Institute, The Sustainability Project, and New Voices of Modern Arab Literature ‒ a collaboration with the Alliance and more than 20 residency programs to support emerging Arab writers. She edited the third edition of Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies That Offer Time and Space for Creativity, was a writer and editor of “Surviving to Thriving: Sustaining Artist Residencies,” and has authored numerous reports, essays, and articles about artist residencies and support for today’s artists. Under her leadership, the Alliance membership has grown by 40%, conference attendance has doubled, and the organization has granted more than $2 million in funds to artists and residency programs.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Caitlin managed several nonprofit music ensembles in Chicago – including the acclaimed chamber choir Bella Voce and CUBE, a pioneering new music group. Caitlin is a frequent public speaker and has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Joyce Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She serves on the Support for Individual Artists steering committee of Grantmakers in the Arts, on the Advisory Board of Transcultural Exchange, as an advisor to Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and on the Advisory Board of Outpost Journal. Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on music as a tool for building communities of resistance and social dissent.