Editorial Team

Artivate is directed by a team of three co-editors, with advice and support from an Editorial Board.

Olaf KuhlkeOlaf Kuhlke
Professor and Chair, Creative Entrepreneurship, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Olaf Kuhlke holds a PhD in cultural geography from Kent State University, has taught both in geography and creative/cultural entrepreneurship programs, and co-founded the BA program in Cultural Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught for 20 years prior to coming to MCAD in 2022. At MCAD, he led the redevelopment of the entrepreneurial studies program to a Bachelor of Science program in Creative Entrepreneurship that is launching in the fall of 2023. 

Olaf is also a consultant and entrepreneur, working with BIPOC organizations across the country to implement creative entrepreneurship training programs for community members, and provides workshops on startups, workplace culture, mental health and trauma-informed entrepreneurship. 

As a researcher, he is currently part of two projects focusing on the visualization of climate change and the climate entrepreneurship opportunities emerging from adaptation and mitigation. With the United Nations Environmental Programme and other international partners, he leads Our People, Our Climate, an initiative training youth in climate science, visualization, photography and filmmaking. With four other universities, he is currently part of a funded project that examines and visually documents the impact of climate change on permafrost landscapes and infrastructure in Alaska. For the latter project, he primarily works with 3-D cameras to create immersive environments illustrating the cultural, ecological and economic impact of climate change. 

Olaf has published 5 books and numerous articles, including a 2015 co-edited volume entitled Creating Cultural Capital, published by the University of Chicago Press. 

Diane RagsdaleDiane Ragsdale (1966 – 2024, in memoriam)

We mourn the loss of our brilliant co-editor. Diane was a driving force in exploring and reimagining the interplay of arts, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She had been most recently working with Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) since 2021 to build a progressive leadership program for aspiring changemakers across sectors and industries. Diane had also served as adjunct faculty at Yale University since 2018, where she led an annual workshop series for the Theater Management MFA. Prior to joining MCAD, Diane was assistant professor and program director at The New School in NYC, where she built an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for artists and launched a graduate minor in Creative Community Development. She also served as Director and Faculty of the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and, before that, lectured in the Cultural Economics MA at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Diane held an MFA in Acting & Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BS in Psychology and BFA in Theater from Tulane University. She was part of Stanford University’s inaugural Executive Program for Nonprofit Arts Leaders, produced in partnership with National Arts Strategies. She was also on the board of directors for SITI, Inc. Diane had served on the Editorial Board of Artivate since its inception.

E. Andrew TaylorE. Andrew Taylor
Director and Associate Professor, Arts Management Program, American University

E. Andrew Taylor thinks (a bit too much) about organizational structure, strategy, and management practice in the nonprofit arts. Director and Associate Professor of Arts Management at American University, Andrew previously directed the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MBA degree program and learning center in the Wisconsin School of Business, for more than a decade.

As a consultant, he has advised and supported the International Society for the Performing Arts, American Ballet Theatre, Create Austin, Theatre Communications Group, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), among others. With AMS Planning & Research, he helped develop the budget pro forma and operating plan for the $205-million Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and advised its transition from a public entity to a nonprofit.

Andrew is past president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, board member for Fractured Atlas, consulting editor for The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, and Artivate Editorial Board member since its founding. 

Since July 2003, he has written a popular blog on the business of arts and culture, "The Artful Manager," hosted by ArtsJournal.com. In January 2023, he launched the ArtsManaged initiative with his colleagues at American University, a series of resources on the practice of Arts Management including a weekly newsletter, evolving online textbook, and video series.

Andrew holds an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


Mike Bieker (ex-officio)
Director and Publisher
University of Arkansas Press

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
Associate Professor, Performance as Public Practice
Graduate Advisor and Associate Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
The University of Texas at Austin

Susan Badger Booth
Director of Arts Management and Administration Programs
Eastern Michigan University

Adrienne Callander
Assistant Professor, Arts Entrepreneurship
University of Arkansas

Linda Essig
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Baruch College

William Gartner
Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship
Babson College

Brea M. Heidelberg
Associate Professor & Program Director, Entertainment & Arts Management
Drexel University

Olaf Kuhlke (ex-officio)
Chair of Arts Entrepreneurship
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard
Research Associate Professor and Director of the Arts Impact Initiative, College of Fine and Applied Arts
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Joe Roberts
Professor, Management Department
Webster University

Jose Valentino Ruiz-Resto
Founder & Program Director of Music Business & Entrepreneurship
University of Florida

Gordon Shockley
Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Arizona State University

Andrew Taylor (ex-officio)
Associate Professor and Program Director, Arts Management
American University

Neville Vakharia
Associate Dean of Research & Planning, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Drexel University

Amy Whitaker
Associate Professor, Visual Arts Administration, Department of Art and Art Professions
New York University

Jason C. White
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration
Xavier University

Margaret Wyszomirski
Professor, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy
The Ohio State University