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
- Academy of Urbanism, American Alliance of Museums, MA, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), PgCert Arts and Ecology programmes, PgDip