Dr Cara Courage CV
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Seeking opportunities in the North Americas. I am an international social practice art, placemaking and museums expert, and a visionary, dynamic and people-focused leader with 20-plus years working across the arts. A natural communicator, I have a proven record of making things happen from an ambitious starting point. I offer a powerful and global network, renowned professional expertise, a co-creation disposition, vocational passion, and intellectual and emotional integrity. I hold sacrosanct the power of art and the museum to transform self and society: having found my vocation working at the intersection of art, place and museums, I am seeking a senior change-driven role that offers challenge, creative satisfaction, and agency.
PhD, Making places: performative arts practices in the city, University of Brighton, 2012-16
MSc Psychosocial Studies (High Merit), University of Brighton, p/t 2009-11; specialised in the psychosocial role of art and artists, ecoart and the grassroots agency of arts in urban placemaking.
BA Hons Social Anthropology 2:1, University of Sussex, 1993-97
Restructured museum division / remodelled centre practice and governance through 2020-ongoing syndemic
International museum community engagement/social practice/co-creation expert advisory/thought-leader
Global placemaking thought-leader/publisher/researcher
Senior Fellow Institute of Place Management 200-plus international conference keynotes, presentations, papers, guest lectures
1000-capacity Hay Literary Festival presentation
Key publications and media
Books: Editor, The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking (Routledge, 2021); Co-editor, Creative Placemaking and Beyond (Routledge, 2018); Author, Arts in Place: The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice (Routledge, 2017)
Recent papers: The Digital Discursive: social practice art online; Power to Change: what is within the gift of the museum?; Learning Together: creative learning and co-creation; Art Museums
and the Idea of Placemaking; Situating Self: co-creating spaces and places; Placemaking as Radical Practice: community is expert; Ways of Knowing: the museum and plural knowledges; The Museum as Relational Object; In Search of Data: evaluating social practice in museums; City of Placemaking?: City of Culture through a placemaking lens; The Activist Museum; Generation Next: engaging the new old at Tate Exchange; All in a Day: creative and collaborative museum programming with and for older people.
Broadsheets: The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Times, The Telegraph
Radio: BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Woman’s Hour
- community-driven museums, Contemporary Art, creative education, Crisis Management, emotional intelligence-led HR, placemaking, Public Speaking, Strategy and vision
Groups & Associations
- advisor and member, Advisory Board member We Are Museums, committee member International Council of Museums, External Advisor FLAME (Institute for Learning Innovation Forum for Leadership in Art Museum Education) (US), Fellow University of the Highlands and Islands MA Art and Social Practice External Advisor University of Sussex Liberal Arts, founding member Royal Geographical Society, honorary member The Future is Unwritten Artist Response Fund (WHO), MA, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), member American Alliance of Museums, member American Association of Geographers, member Common Exchange (international museum social practice network) co-founder (w/MCAChicago)/member The Culture Capital Exchange Leadership Think Factory, member Institute of Place Management, member Placemaking Leadership Council, member Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, occasional member Museums Association, PgCert Arts and Ecology programmes, PgDip, Senior Fellow Museums and Race (US), thinker Dartington Arts School MFA, Academy of Urbanism