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Shelley Crawford

Centennial College
Program Coordinator/Professor
Shelley Crawford is the program coordinator and lead faculty for the new post-graduate Arts Management program at the Story Arts Centre, Centennial College in Toronto Canada. She has been teaching, developing and coordinating Arts and Cultural Management programs at many postsecondary institutions (undergraduate and post graduate) across Canada for forty years. From Confederation College and Lakehead University’s articulated Arts Administration program to University of Toronto’s Co-op Program in Arts Management to Waterloo University and, most recently, Centennial College’s post-graduate programs in Culture and Heritage Site Management and Arts Management, Crawford has been mentoring, coaching and placing emerging arts managers in co-op field placement/internships in local, national and international cultural organizations. She believes that experiential learning is at the very heart of what we must do to foster talent and build expertise in our emerging arts managers. This connection with many hundreds of alumni and practitioners across the country and beyond has continued to grow her knowledge of what students require in the way of both academic courses and practicums to leverage their potential in an ever more complex global landscape. Crawford studied at Canterbury University, Lakehead University and Confederation College, attaining a BA English and Visual Arts and Diploma in Arts Administration. She has undertaken innumerable professional development courses/programs for educational institutions and industry affiliations and firmly believes in lifelong learning. As a practitioner, Crawford has worked primarily in development at organizations large and small e.g. Edmonton Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and the Clay and Glass Gallery. Board positions that have informed her practice include NSFRE, AAAE, CAAAE (past president), Association of Cultural Executives (past president) plus leadership positions at various arts organizations e.g. Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Children’s Peace Theatre, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. In addition consulting roles with an array of clients (artists, museums, PA organizations and social service organizations) have been instrumental in building knowledge of best practices. Crawford has presented at many conferences within the sector - Canadian Museums Association, Ontario Museums Association, AAAE, CAAAE, Arts Reach to name a few. It is through such exchanges that we share knowledge and grow our capacity to meet student and industry needs.