Suzanne Callahan, CFRE, founded Callahan Consulting for the Arts, LLC in 1996, to help artists, arts organizations and funders realize their vision through planning, resource development, evaluation, and philanthropic counsel. Among the firm’s over 50 clients have been the Chicago Community Trust, Creative Capital, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and National Performance Network. The firm manages Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences re-grant program, and prior to that managed a component of the NEA’s American Masterpieces program (formerly the National College Choreography Initiative), also for Dance/USA. Having served as Senior Specialist for the Dance Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Callahan brings over 25 years' experience as a national funder and is an author and frequent lecturer in arts evaluation. Her book Singing Our Praises: Case Studies in the Art of Evaluation, published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, was awarded Outstanding Publication of the Year from the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Her writings on evaluation and audience engagement have been published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as the journals of national arts service organizations. She has served as panelist or site visitor for numerous foundations and associations. The firm completed national studies for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, entitled Technology and the Arts Field and Choreography in the United States: A Comparative Study of Training and Support Systems. A former dance teacher, Callahan holds an M.A. in dance education and a Certificate in Fundraising from George Washington University, where she also studied evaluation and a BA from Northwestern University.
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