Hi! My name is Sarah. I am a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. I live in Bloomington, IN, and I love to travel, enjoy nature, sing, read, write, and take gorgeous photos.
My love for photography started three decades ago when I started a photography club with a group of middle school students. We set up a darkroom, took photos, developed the film, and used the tools around us to create special effects. Though short lived, the experience sparked a joy for creativity and a keen eye for balance and contrast that has served me well in many capacities over the years.
I went on to study music in college, earning a Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2006. I’ve worked at the Jacobs School for 12+ years in various roles — scenic paint and props, opera and ballet production, marketing and communications, musicology, and music theory. While I don’t perform much anymore, I remain dedicated to music and the arts, arts education, and exploring the distinct values that creative expression and thoughtful design bring to our lives and communities.
In May 2020, I completed a second master’s degree in arts administration at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs … while working full-time from home … with two children … during a global pandemic. Through this program I studied the various facets of non-profit administration — from programming, curation, and audience development to financial management and legal issues — all through the lens of the myriad arts organizations that enrich our lives. I had the opportunity to do work with the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Indiana District), Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and New Voices Opera; and to meet and learn from some truly amazing leaders and change-makers in the arts world. To say that I am proud of this achievement is an understatement.
Recently, I’ve felt a strong calling to make better use of my visionary, problem solving, and interpersonal skills and to help artists and arts organizations build tools that will allow them to tell their stories and share their work in meaningful and engaging ways. I want to build connections — not just between people and art, but with artists and leaders in the field, to talk about what they do, find out what drives them, and learn more about the successes and struggles they face.
The first step in this adventure for me was through photography, which I LOVE and intend to continue doing. The next steps, however, are a work in progress. So bear with me…
Room for CREAM is, for now, a daydream. It’s a blog, a community, or possibly/maybe/eventually a podcast. Most importantly, it’s a space for CReatives, Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Musicians (why yes, I did just make an amazing and super cheesy acronym) to reflect on the intrinsic value of creative expression and explore innovative solutions to the challenges that exist in this COVID-19 world and beyond.
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“Neither art nor life unfolds in linear fashion. Nor will your career or the project you choose within this course.”Mark Rabideau, Creating the Revolutionary Artist
Photo credit this page: Joy Photography by Megan Leiter