Susan Koblin Schear, President
Susan Koblin Schear founded ARTISIN, LLC in 1995 to offer comprehensive, process-oriented and holistically-based planning and business development, management and implementation services to the arts and cultural sector. She introduced a2a® / Artist-to-Artist™, a program from ARTISIN, designed to help artists, arts-related/creative-sector businesses, and artists in hybrid careers develop the business side of their creative practices. Structured as a series of professionally-guided peer groups, a2a® guides participants in goal-setting, accountability, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurial skill-building.
Susan’s values are steeped in the arts, business and community. She draws on her many years of corporate experience when consulting with arts and cultural organizations and artists, as she believes they need to be leaders within their communities and strategically connect to other sectors. She advocates that mutually beneficial outcomes are realized when encouraging collaboration between arts and business, and other sectors, and brings this passion to her work within diverse, continually evolving and changing communities. She has been engaged in long-term creative placemaking initiatives, and has also been extremely successful at engaging communities through her work with organizations on their development and implementation of strategic, marketing, and business plans, as well as membership campaigns, board development and program-related work.
Her visionary strengths and grassroots approach allow her to be particularly resourceful to artists, arts related businesses and hybrid careers. She has the unique ability to develop strong relationships, “translate&rdquo” business / entrepreneurial skills and practices for artists in order for them to understand and feel comfortable with business ownership and responsibilities, keep her “finger on the pulse” of the external environment, “connect the dots” that are often not obvious; and, “see” missed opportunities for the many artists with whom she has been engaged. She is able to quickly develop trust to assist artists in moving forward by understanding their needs and then helping them to set and realize their goals, particularly during difficult times.
Susan is trained as an Interim Executive Director (IED). She is recognized as a dedicated, assertive and seasoned leader, consultant, educator, and communicator possessing strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills. She is a dynamic, resourceful, entrepreneurial, business professional and a tireless advocate, ensuring arts and culture are always “at the table” in every conversation, thus facilitating collaborations, leadership and community development through the arts.
As an established speaker, moderator, facilitator and trainer, she designs and presents innovative, customized, professional development workshops and seminars throughout the country. She formerly served as the National Professional-Development Workshop Consultant for the College Art Association, funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, leading and guiding the planning, creation, and implementation of professional-development workshops at selected universities and alternative spaces broadly distributed throughout the country. She is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Arts and Cultural Management Program.
Susan serves as an active board member of Craft in America and also serves on several advisory committees, including ArtPride’s Program & Services Committee and the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. She has recently been invited to serve as a Community Advisory Board Member for WBGO, 88.3 FM in Newark NJ. She is a former board member of CERF+, Urban Glass and GlassRoots. For all of these efforts over the years, she has received many awards and honors, which include her past selection as a Fellow of Lead New Jersey, Class of 2014.