Sean P. BenolkenSean has a passion for how the arts can create a sense of place in a community.

Prior to consulting, Sean worked with the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation as a Program Coordinator. In this role, he worked with statewide community and school district partners to coordinate residencies that allowed students and adults to engage with critically acclaimed international artists. Sean also held positions at the Newberry Library and Ingenuity, Inc. in Chicago, where he focused on arts education, advocacy, and collective impact initiatives.

As a graduate assistant at Indiana University, Sean worked alongside Dr. Joanna Woronkowicz and the IU Arts + Humanities Council to conduct a campus-wide needs assessment for arts and culture facilities. This multi-layered planning process engaged all facets of the campus community and resulted in the identification of various facility needs and opportunities.

Sean’s commitment to arts and music education runs deep, as evidenced by the Tuba and Euphonium ensemble he established in collaboration with Youth and Adult Programs at the University of Michigan. To this day, the ensemble welcomes youth from across Southeast Michigan to play and interact with university students.

Sean has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Michigan and master’s degrees in Music, Non-Profit Management, and Arts Administration from Indiana University.

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