Sasha Metcalf F'17
Public Fellows 2017
University of California, Santa Barbara
Appointed as Program Analyst, Education and Community Engagement, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presented its first performance in 1861 and began operations in its present Fort Greene location in 1908. Today, BAM has a worldwide reputation as a leader in artistic innovation and has grown into a model urban arts center focused on both international issues in the arts and local community needs. BAM’s mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. Its enduring purpose is to provide a distinctive environment in which its audiences—annually, nearly 750,000 people from New York City and beyond—may experience a broad array of aesthetic and cultural programs. BAM’s education and community engagement departments aim to provide rigorous, inclusive arts education programming and to promote equity in and access to the arts throughout Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Working with the education department’s director of operations, and in close collaboration with the Vice President for Education and Community Engagement, the Director of Education and Family Programs, and the Director of Community Programs, the Program Analyst will: (1) evaluate and articulate the scope and impact of BAM’s education and community programs; (2) identify measurement strategies for each program; and (3) create new institutional mechanisms for analyzing and tracking impact. This research and the accompanying tracking mechanisms will help program and executive leadership set annual and long-term program goals, assess outcomes, modify existing programs, and launch new initiatives, with the goal of providing a roster of programming that is accessible to audiences and responsive to the needs of BAM’s community.