In 2016 I received an Editorial Fellowship from the Cultural Research Network & WolfBrown to curate a research collection for cultural policy makers worldwide. My collection, Alternative Modes of Cultural Production: The Contemporary Practices of Artist-Run Platforms and Small-Scale Arts Organizations, grew from a brewing interest in this vital part of the arts ecology; a significant portion of the arts and culture sector that is largely unrecognized, undocumented, and undervalued.
Although historical and widespread in practice, artist-run and small-scale arts organizations have significantly less visibility, documentation, evaluation and advocacy than its counterparts. This collection includes articles about: alternative organizational structures and funding methods developed by artists, current institutional trends in emerging art, digital and nomadic practices, and new advocacy platforms for artists. Artist-Run Spaces serve as incubators for alternative strategies for organizing, funding, and programming, and showcase the work of artists working in new genres and contemporary forms. Many of these emerging practices "trickle up" in the sector, and it is after being created and developed at the grassroots level (often with little resources*) they are later employed by larger institutions. The CultureLab Library is a digital archive edited and authored by arts & culture sector practitioners internationally that establishes a common platform for diverse stakeholders in the arts and culture sector to contribute, access, and publish research. CultureLab is a partnership between an informal consortium of international arts consultants and the Cultural Policy Center (CPC) at University of Chicago.