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strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector

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Kristin Puch

Kristin Puch

Director of Research and Advancement

Kristin Puch is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to the Cleveland area to attend Baldwin Wallace University. While there, she became interested in the fields of public affairs and economic development, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude. Directly following this coursework, Puch continued her academic studies at Cleveland State University, where she served as a graduate assistant in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and conducted research on topics related to public administration, nonprofit management, and volunteerism. Her capstone thesis focused on the volunteering behaviors of undergraduates at Cleveland State University and the perceived impact volunteer activities had on the civic attitudes of students. She received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, specializing in Economic Development, from the Levin College. She also was the recipient of the Levin College's Sylvester Murray Award which is presented annually to a graduate student of the MPA program who has excelled academically.

Her studies led to an interest in neighborhood revitalization in particular, and she became aware of CPAC’s efforts to unite arts and culture with the community development sector. She started working at CPAC in 2008 as a Fellow charged with researching this concept. She became CPAC’s Research Manager in 2009 and was promoted to Director of Research and Advancement in 2012. Today, she is responsible for coordinating CPAC’s research and fund development activities.

During her tenure at CPAC, Puch has authored two white papers which shed light on the intersection arts and culture has with other community sectors. From Rust Belt to Artist Belt explored the many ways artists and community developers are collaborating to spur renewed growth in neighborhoods in formerly industrial cities like Cleveland. The recent Creative Minds in Medicine explores how Cleveland’s arts and healthcare assets are impacting health and well-being outcomes for individuals and communities alike. She also oversaw the development of Cleveland-based conferences on these topics. Such efforts have drawn media attention to the innovative programs taking place in Cleveland as well as to arts and culture's general impacts in sources such as the Wall Street JournalWashington Post and National Endowment for the Arts.

Puch also oversaw the development of CPAC’s discipline-specific economic impact studies Remix Cleveland: A Music Industry Study and Forming Cleveland: A Visual Arts, Craft and Design Industry Study. She has also leveraged data from the Cultural Data Project to develop CPAC’s Culture Pulse series which takes an annual snapshot of Cleveland’s arts and culture nonprofits in terms of financial, infrastructure and human resources trends.

In the past, she had coordinated CPAC's activities related to the Collaborative Marketing Database, a shared database of arts and culture buying activity contributed by member organizations for the purposes of increasing attendance at, and revenue from, arts and culture activities.

Based on her research background, she provides counsel to artists and arts and culture organizations in the areas of research design, survey development and data analysis. 

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Contact: (216) 575-0331, x124 or Kristin [at] cultureforward.org

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