SNAAP DataBrief #1

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Needed Resources of Arts Graduates (2021) Rachel Skaggs, Molly Jo Burke, and Erin J. Hoppe

The first of two Strategic National Arts Alumni Partnership DataBriefs is now available! Click the title for a quick read about some of the impacts we’ve uncovered through a year of research, including interviews with 65 arts alumni.

“Along with the many changes that accompanied the pandemic, the needed resources of arts graduates is one of many topics of interest as SNAAP develops new survey items for the 2022 survey. Understanding how arts graduates were affected by and are recovering from the pandemic is of key importance for educational institutions as they consider how to best support alumni and prepare arts majors for a post-pandemic world.”

Research Study: Measuring Artists’ Challenges and Resilience After COVID-19

Honored to be a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Rachel Skaggs and this project.


This research project explores COVID-19-related impacts on employment, creative practices, and resilience among artists. This broadens understanding of COVID-19 impacts on the arts. Findings will be used to develop COVID-19-related survey questions to be included on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project survey in spring of 2022. This final survey will be administered to arts alumni around the country.

The study seeks arts alumni, whether currently working in the arts or not, as research participants to be part of qualitative interviews to discuss the impact of COVID-19. Questions will be focused on individuals’ creative practice, employment, and day to day activities.

Click here for the project website and to sign up to participate.

Podcast Episode #8: De’Avin Mitchell, BA, MA Student, September 2020

De'Avin stands in dark blue shirt buttoned to neck, arms behind his back. in front of blurry white gridThis podcast is informally titled, Everything is Subject to Change. De’Avin and I talk about life back to school and back to teaching in Autumn 2020, the importance of rest, professionalization, these historic times, and passionate, critical optimism. Embrace the mindfulness and energy at the end. Listen to Episode 8 here.

De’Avin’s Recommendations
Artist: Tricia Hersey
Reading: The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten (links to full PDF)

Arts Admins, Who? Episode 7 with Dr. Jessica Huth

Jess and Erin sit and look at each other across a round table with a stone fireplace behindThe podcast became a fireside chat when we escaped to the Northwoods in summer 2020.  We chat about genre theory and queer theory, queer film semiotics, the smell of film festivals, and fourteen years later I finally learn where Jess got her undergrad degree.  Special guest voices and natural sound effects round out our discussion of foley artists.  Listen on Soundcloud

Things we talked about: Continue reading

Art/s Admins Who?

Art Administrators “create, develop, facilitate, and evaluate arts and cultural programs and organizations.”
– Association of Arts Administration Educators

“Any arts administrator worth their salt should be able to sell a ticket, plan an invasion, make brunch, conn a ship, design a brochure, write a sonnet, balance the books, build a wall, carry a tune, comfort the board, take orders, give orders, ignore orders, implement orders, act alone, be a team player, solve equations, analyze data, give an elevator pitch, program a computer, herd cats, and look fabulous doing it.  Specialization is for suckers.”


I’m documenting art administrator voices in my podcast, Art/s Admins, Who?  This project is supported by the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.  Click the image on the right column on this blog to hear us out.

I’m always collecting literature on WHO art administrators are.  If you have a great resource you are willing to share, please fill out the form below.  Thanks in advance!

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Hi, my name is Erin Hoppe (hop-E).  I am a PhD student in art admin, education, and cultural policy @ OSU. I read, write, make, and question things that break down barriers in the creative sector. I have 15 years of experience as an arts administrator – those people who make theatres, galleries, and festivals come to life, build community, and promote creativity. I came into education later in life but am now passionate about teaching in higher education and offering professional development for practitioners. I’m more theory than practice right now and every fact is an interpretation and art is a power structure. I believe multiple truths exist and endeavor to bring some of them to light in research efforts with other creative sector stakeholders. We are all some kind of Other, so let go of dichotomies. I accept uncertainty, temporality, and power, and explore them for social justice efforts.