Clayton Campbell is a consultant, program manager, and cultural programs designer with 30 years experience developing and managing initiatives that help bring communities together; assist and inspire individuals; and foster problem-solving through creative collaborations.
During his career he has had numerous professional responsibilities including being the Co-Executive Director of the 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA, for 15 years; Artist Residency Consultant to United States Artists for 7 years; and President of the International Association of Residential Arts Centres (Res Artis) for 5 years. He has been a participant on numerous funding and conference panels for various national and international foundations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Alliance of Artist Communities, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Since 2006 he has been working as a consultant in the field of arts and culture.
His clients include major philanthropic foundations, universities and other educational institutions, community development organizations, international Governmental Cultural Departments and NGO’s, arts galleries, individual artists and creators.
Some of his notable work includes research and evaluation of art college professional development curriculum; artist residency program design and management; and developmental evaluation of funded artist programs, where he works at close range with the creative process on behalf of the Grantee to articulate to the Funding Agency outcomes needing a vernacular fully expressing the intention of the artist.
Key themes run through his engagements and interests: civic responsibility; direct support for individual artists; the intersection of the arts and the environment; advocacy for cultural diversity, equity and first amendment protections; and the value of personal and community engagement.
He brings a determination and a discipline to the realization of his clients’ goals, borne, interestingly enough, from his ongoing practice as a visual artist. The iterative nature of the artistic process, and the discovery of unexpected answers through creating new works are qualities that apply equally to the development and execution of cultural programs.
His seminal project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11, an ongoing exploration through words and photographs of the way language and crisis are affecting our world, has been exhibited and presented internationally in museums, arts and community centers since 2004. As a vehicle to stimulate conversation and build awareness, this work meshes seamlessly with his consulting work, and the values he supports.
Clayton’s current work continues to push the boundaries of culture, communication and community. He is exploring new ways for colleagues across all sectors to better reach out to, understand, and work with their constituents, customers, and stakeholders.
Clayton is also an experienced conference leader and presenter, as well as a published critic and essayist on current issues in the arts and culture world. He has been the subject of numerous interviews, and on-line reviews. In 2003, acknowledging his work in international culture exchange, he was awarded the distinction of Chevalier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
Clayton Campbell is a problem finder, often intuiting and synthesizing the underlying issues that a client may not be aware of. In the process of analyzing each opportunity, he works closely with all stakeholders to achieve agreement, clarify communications, calibrate expectations, and set accountability metrics to ensure success.
His work includes –
PROGRAM DESIGN, MANAGEMENT, AND EVALUATION– Design, implementation and evaluation of visiting artist and scholar residency programs, international cultural exchange projects and networks; evaluation of grants funded cultural and educational programs.
RESEARCH-Creating research, data and evaluation of professional development curriculum for Art and Design Colleges in a changing, flexible 21st century economy; author of white papers for international trends in artist mobility, creative networks, and residency centers.
DEVELOPMENT– Crafting funding strategies and proposals to acquire support for cultural organizations or individuals.
ORGANIZING– Strategic and artistic planning geared towards developing sustainable innovative solutions and platforms for artists, commercial galleries, non-profits, and other cultural venues; organizing collaborations between community groups and artists and creative professionals.
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Client: ARCAthens, Inc. A 501C-3 based in the Bronx, New York
ARCAthens is a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece—thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning in a city brimming with creative energy.
Our mission is to create a foundational presence in the city of Athens that supports and promotes growth in the visual arts community through a comprehensive artist residency program that will enrich artists and communities on both the local and the international levels. Further, we seek to extend this foundation to the United States, by creating a presence for Greek artists and curators to be in residence at ARCAthens facility in the Bronx, New York City.
The Program is designed to fully support artists during their residency by providing the time, space and resources needed to create freely while immersed in a new environment, community and culture—potentially integrating elements of that experience into their art. We host extensive outreach and professional development opportunities for visiting artists and curators to maximize their engagement with the local arts communities.
ARCAthens has launched its pilot program for artists and curators in Athens, Greece in 2019. I am on board as their Artist Residency Advisor, providing support and consultation for board development, funding strategies, program design, partnerships and sustainability issues. We will be working to begin the second round of residencies in Athens in late 2019, and start a reciprocal program in 2020 that will bring Greek artists to New York.
Client: The Little Tokyo Service Center, A Community Development Corporation
Project: +LAB Artist Residency Program
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Program Design and Management
Little Tokyo Service Center is a social service center and community development organization committed to improving the lives of individuals and families through culturally sensitive social service care, strengthening neighborhoods though housing and community development, and promoting the rich heritage of our ethnic communities.
In 2015 LTSC was one of six national organizations selected by President Obama to participate in the Art Place America Community Development Investments (CDI) program. Art Place America is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.
LTSC received a $3million grant from Art Place America, and as one of its place-making initiatives has launched a multi-year artist + LAB Artist Residency Program that will take place in their Little Tokyo community. Convening a consortium of local organizations and out of state and local multi disciplinary artists, a unique model of partnerships and collaborations will take place in March of 2018. During this pilot session the artists will be in residence for a three-month period, and develop projects that work with various groups and artists in the Little Tokyo Community.
The goals of the + LAB Artist Residency Program are reflective of LTSC’s mission, and the intention of the Art Place America program:
Client: Otis College of Art and Design 1
Project: Summer Residency Program
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Program Designer and Consultant
Otis College of Art and Design commissioned a report from me in 2016 that designed a professional artist residency program for them. Once the report was vetted and accepted, I then helped implement the program, and consulted their staff as it was launched in June of 2017.
The successful inaugural Otis College Summer Residency Program was a three-week residency for 41 professional national and international artists and designers. It provided time and space, along with a program of access to Otis’ advanced production studios and engagement with the vibrant Los Angeles contemporary arts community.
Artists and designers were selected through a competitive application process, and were hosted in the brand new housing and dining facilities on the Otis College Campus. One striking asset of the program was the ability of the AIR participants to use the fully equipped state of the art studios to produce their work. Areas of specialization include: Sculpture/New Genre, Photography, Painting, Wood & Metal Sculpture/Furniture Design, Silkscreen, Letterpress and Book Arts, Digital Media (Video and Animation), Jewelry and 3D Printing, and Ceramics.
Participants had multiple opportunities to engage with the professional art and design community of Los Angeles through portfolio reviews with leading Los Angeles museum curators, artists and arts writers including Connie Butler, Hammer Museum; Rita Gonzalez, LACMA; Eve Schillo, LACMA; Aram Moshayedi, Hammer Museum; Suzanne Isken, Craft and Folk Art Museum; Shamim Momin, Los Angeles Nomadic Division; Sam Durant, Installation Artist; Meg Cranston, Artist; Jennifer Steinkamp, Artist; and David Pagel, Arts Writer.
During an evening lecture series the invited speakers including Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson, Curator Dan Cameron, Educator Jeffrey Stewart and Artist Oliver Wasow challenged the artists to make us think with others about how the necessity of art can become more urgent. Excursions to arts venues included the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Californian African American Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum to a Betye Saar Exhibit, a demonstration at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, and Regen Projects. At each stop representatives of each venue greeted the artists and spent time with them, giving them an insiders look at what was going on in the arts community in LA.
Client: Otis College of Art and Design 2
Project: Professional Development Curriculum and Research, Report and Recommendations
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Research, Needs Survey, Field Scan, Data Generation, Interviewing, and Reporting
The President and Provost of Otis College recognized that a study needed to be undertaken to understand the current status of professional development curriculum and commissioned Clayton Campbell Consulting to do this work. This is an issue with AICAD schools across the United States as students face a flexible and rapidly changing job market, student loan debt, evolving art making and design practices, and newly emerging business models. Professional development curriculum needs updating in many schools and Otis College has proactively addressed this challenge.
From my findings Otis College hoped they could begin to create a signature program that made professional development at Otis much more visible. The research process I undertook brought the Chairs of the school on board with the research process, and included their ideas and innovative thinking in an exciting way. This positive working environment ultimately resulted in the College’s initiative, Your Creative Future, including a new Entrepreneurial Studies Minor. Much of it was led by Provost Randy Lavender with whom I worked closely throughout the research phase . It can be seen at this link:
I analyzed the professional development curriculum for Otis College with the following methodology, establishing a baseline of interest with a Needs Survey and then spending considerable face time interviewing dozens of persons and bringing them into the process to make contributions to their organization:
2015 to Present
Client: The Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA
Project: Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Grant Evaluation and Reporting
The Andrew W Mellon Foundation has funded the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA for three years to conduct an innovative project, Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts. In 2015 the program included artists residencies and commissions with Maria Hassabi, John Zorn, Matthew Barney, Claire Chase, Ann Carlson and Calista Lyon, and the Choreographic Coding Labs. In 2016-17 it involved the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Jonah Bokaer Dance, and Deborah Hay Dance and the Culberg Ballet.
The Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts project set out a series of questions to test a variety of assumptions and set in motion investigations that would result in learning opportunities at a critical moment in performance and visual arts collaborations and how their respective institutions provide innovative and creative platforms for this work. The proposal laid out seven points of possible inquiry, and beyond the involved practicalities of the artist projects, are the explorations of mission and programming imperatives across institutions. In evaluating and reporting on these questions and assumptions, I spend time with the artists exploring how working in a non-traditional venue opens new opportunities for them creatively, professionally, and emotionally. I also evaluate the impact on the creative field and how it affects its overall ‘ecology’. Finally, I evaluate how the institutions receive the cross sector movement of performance into their venues? Is it a creative success, a developmental success, are new audiences engaged, does it test staff capacity, what has been learned, and can these experiences be leveraged for more direct support for CAP’s programs and for the artists themselves on a national level?
Client: Laguna College of Art and Design
Project: Professional Development Curriculum Research and Recommendations
Clayton Campbell Consulting
Research, Needs Survey, Field Scan, Data Generation, Interviewing, and Reporting
The President and Vice President of Laguna College of Art and Design wanted a study to understand the current status of professional development curriculum at LCAD and to seek out recommendations that would serve LCAD positively in the coming 5 to 10 years. They were interested in how to strengthen the professional development curriculum and overall profile of LCAD as a significant Art and Design College competing in a demanding market.
I shared a basic approach to professional development work with LCAD at the beginning of the research project:
“A primary goal is to give LCAD students a full tool box of professional preparation skill sets that will empower them in developing sustainable platforms for creative and artistic design, research, action and production. These practical skills are generally left for the student to find out on their own after graduation, putting them at an immediate disadvantage. In this toolbox will be a host of professional preparation courses normally offered to professional creators, which means if they are getting them after they graduate, they are starting late. Examples of skills they will receive as curriculum include: self management, strategic and business planning, fundraising and grants writing, web design, basic accounting, social media strategies for marketing, verbal communication and promotion, archiving of work, financial planning, cooperative and association business structures, affordable health insurance and housing, affordable studios, personal business and economic plans, understanding contracts and benefits, tax preparation, strategies for loan repayments, in effect a more holistic educational approach that is a life plan allowing them to do more than survive after school but to embrace the challenges of a rapidly changing economy and to prosper because they are prepared, nimble, flexible, entrepreneurial.”
The work accomplished at LCAD was an in-depth process, working closely with the faculty and other teachers and administrators involving a three-point methodology:
Recommendations—preparing a set of recommendations for the College based on the research and immersion work outlined above.
Client: The Rasmuson Foundation
Project: Rasmuson Artist Residency Program
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Program Design and Management
In a groundbreaking programmatic initiative, the Rasmuson Foundation launched the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program in 2013 to support residencies at nine participating institutions. For them, I managed a $250,00 budget, designed the entire program by setting up the relationships with the centers in Alaska and the lower 48 states; designing and implementing the selection process of artists; and managing the first year of the program. The program is still successfully running and has served many artists for whom this has been their first experience either in Alaska or out of Alaska in an artist residency experience.
In the program, four Alaska-based artists are selected each year to participate in residencies at Lower 48-based art centers, and four Lower 48-based artists are paired with an Alaska arts organization. The organizations participating in the program are: The Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer; The Island Institute in Sitka; the Anchorage Museum of Art; the Alaska Native Art Center at the University of Fairbanks. The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC; Zygote Press, Cleveland; Santa Fe Art Institute and Institute for American Indian Arts, New Mexico; Djerassi Resident Arts Program, CA.
Client: Cleveland Foundation
Project: Creative Fusion International Artist Residency Program
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Program Re-Design, Management, and Evaluation
In 2008, the Cleveland Foundation created an unprecedented international artist residency program that has since brought more than 80 foreign artists to Cleveland. In 2010 Clayton Campbell Consulting was asked to re-design, manage and evaluate the program. My work resulted in a partnership model, a nomination process involving a panel of international curators, and an innovative program of hosting the visiting international artists with local organizations. These organizations also collaborated with community- based centers that had little or no arts programming where the artists conducted workshops and teaching experiences. This extraordinarily successful program of cultural exchange expanded to include many new partners and has continued to be a sustainable program for the Cleveland Foundation.
Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from around the world and from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland. There are two residencies each year: one in the spring and another in the fall. What makes the Creative Fusion residency unique is that, in addition to undertaking innovative work in their discipline, each artist is spending just as much time, if not more, on making strong connections and exchanges with local artists, students and the Greater Cleveland community. The deep engagement that Creative Fusion offers at the artistic level generates a rich and lasting impact. Beginning with the initial selection committee set up by Clayton Campbell Consulting, the artists in residence have been quite diverse, coming from Cuba, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Chile, Mexico, Armenia, India, Korea, China, Uganda, Turkey, Thailand, Austria, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Senegal, Poland, Taiwan, Romania, Egypt, Pakistan, Bulgaria, South Africa, Nepal, Iran, Bulgaria, Germany and Albania.
As the program has successfully continued from the re-design, a wide range of participating organizations in the Creative Fusion program have been: Art House Inc., Case Western Reserve University /Cuyahoga County Library, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Public Art / Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Ingenuity Cleveland, Inlet Dance Theatre, Negative Space Gallery, New Bridge, Cleveland, Ohio City Inc./ Hingetown, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Print Room, Rainey Institute, The Sculpture Center, SPACES, Transformer Station, Trinity Cathedral, Verb Ballets. Waterloo Arts, and Zygote Press.
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation
Project: Rockefeller Bellagio Center Creative Arts Fellowships and Residencies
Clayton Campbell Consulting; Program Design and Pilot Year Implementation
The Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowships is a high profile program, recognizing visual artists whose work is inspired by global or social issues and demonstrates exceptional originality. I was asked by the Rockefeller Foundation to design this new fellowship and residency award.
Working with Rockefeller staff, I designed the guidelines, selection criteria, marketing, and invited and convened an esteemed group of international curators who met at the Bellagio Center in Italy to nominate and select the first year winners of the Creative Arts Fellowships.
The panel included the following persons and their affiliations at that time- Amada Cruz, United States Artists; Anna Danieri, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Italy; Mario Garcia Durham, National Endowment for the Arts; N’Gone Fall, Independent Curator, Senegal; Mario Fortunatto, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Italy; Kim, Hong Hee, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, South Korea; Abaseh Mirvali, Jumex Foundation, Mexico; Aneta Szylak, WYSPA Foundation of Art, Poland; Nicholas Tsoutas, Powerhouse Centre, Sydney, Australia; and Isao Tsujimoto, Japan Foundation, New York.
The Fellows received a substantial cash award, catalog and a fully subsidized residency of two months at the Bellagio Center in Italy. They benefited from interactions with a stimulating community of scholars, writers, policymakers, and other artists who are present at the Center during their residency period.
Established in 2008 and concluded in 2015, the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows Program sought to raise the international visibility of some of the most interesting contemporary visual artists and their innovative work. These fellowships were highly selective residencies that continued the Foundation’s tradition supporting cultural innovation and creative expression. Artists receiving fellowships include Mona Hatoum, Kofi Setordji, Shahzia Sikander, Milumbe Haimbe, Emily Jacir, Suzanne Lacy, Dinh Q. Le, Berni Searle, and Wu Tsang, among others.
Client: The Rockefeller Foundation
Project: Develop a series of low cost yet effective marketing strategies to increase international awareness of the Bellagio Artist and Scholars Residency Program
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Marketing and Business Planning
The Rockefeller Bellagio Artists and Scholars Program commissioned me to expand knowledge of its presence in countries of interest that the Foundation had its offices in. These were specifically Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa and VietNam. The Rockefeller Foundation felt it was not receiving the amount of applicants it desired because there was insufficient knowledge about the Bellagio Program in these countries. I designed a series of low cost yet effective marketing strategies to increase awareness of the program in these countries and presented them in a full report. Many of the recommendations were successfully implemented and the diversity of the applicant pool increased enormously.
In my research it became clear that the Bellagio Program had not undertaken any real advertising or effective use of social media up to this point. I directed them to major on-line portals; had them join residency associations Res Artis and the Alliance of Artist Communities and take leadership roles in them; put them on extensive artist email list serves and blogs in Brazil, Mexico, and China; introduced them to international paid services such as e-flux; advocated for their own web presence to be more robust; had them leverage numerous on-line resources to spread information and news items, consider advertising the Creative Arts Fellowship awards and the overall program in major arts international magazines, among many other recommendations. My work for the Rockefeller Foundation unearthed new resources by working with contacts in the residency field through my long experiences with different residency associations and artist groups, which allowed the Bellagio Program access to unprecedented numbers of international artists they otherwise could not have reached.
Client: United States Artists
Project: Artist Residency Program in Alaska
Clayton Campbell Consulting: Program Design and Manager
For this unique program, the first ever in Alaska, I created a statewide artist residency program that sent mainland artists of all disciplines for one month to be in residence in communities throughout the State of Alaska. I established residencies in non-traditional settings, developing partnerships with many different organizations that had not hosted residencies before. Additionally, I managed the entire residency program including developing all contracts, artist relations, payments and invoicing, travel, marketing, site visits, documentation of the residencies, and contacts with the organizations throughout the residencies.
This unique Artist In Residence Program, made possible by a grant $1 million grant from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation—one of USA’s founding supporters—Alaska AIR provides opportunities for short- and long-term residencies at each of the host organizations where visiting artists will develop new work, offer public performances, and engage with the local community. It involved artists of all disciplines who spent one-month residencies in various communities in Alaska, partnered with participating cultural organizations.
I made 15 visits to Alaska designing and managing the program for United States Artists, also working closely with the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage. All told over 35 artists from the United States Artists Fellowship roster had outstanding experiences and residencies at The Island Institute in Sitka; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska Dance Theatre, the Koahnic Native Broadcast Corporation, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Out North Art Center, all in Anchorage; The Native Arts Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; the Bunnell Street Art Center and the Pratt Museum in Homer; the Wrangell Arts Center in Wrangell; Perseverance Theatre in Juneau; and Alutiq Museum, Kodiak.