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Ann M. Galligan is an associate professor and co-director of the Cultural and Arts Policy Research Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is the local project director for Providence as part of the National and Local Profile of Cultural Support. In addition, She has served as a Senior Associate Scholar for the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, DC. and was the project director for the Rhode Island Governor’s Literacy in the Arts Task Force. She is the lead executive editor for the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.

Professor Galligan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University and a masters in communications and a doctorate in the history of education with an emphasis on the arts from Columbia University. Her research interests are in the areas of arts policy and education. She has acted as a consultant for a number of arts and community organizations, including The New York City Ballet, MoMA, and The Metropolitan Museum on the national level, and Centercity Contemporary Arts, The Everett Dance Theatre and New Urban Arts in Rhode Island.


My individual project looks at how learning and working in and through the arts can provide opportunities for students to grow both personally and professionally. It also grapples with questions about the nature of creativity and the arts and role they might play in the classroom and for career development—for those pursuing careers in the arts as well as for the overall workforce.

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