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Keith D. Lee

Independent Artist, Researcher, and Consultant
Nonprofit and Arts Management Consultant
Memphis, TN
Keith D. Lee, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., consults with public, private, and nonprofit agencies in the design of management infrastructures and projects to support community development and the arts. Dr. Lee earned a Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from The Ohio State University. He also earned both a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University Bloomington, as well as holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an Arts Management Concentration from Wabash College. Employed, from 2001 - 2006, in the Department of Africana Studies at University of Notre Dame, Dr. Lee assisted in the transition of that academic program to a department where he worked as Director of Education, Assistant Director for Program Development and Operations, and Special Professional Faculty. His expertise and experiences include nonprofit and public management curricula development; ethnic diversity and cultural heritage arts development; strategic and event planning; grants management and writing; board, staff, and volunteer management; philanthropic studies, and community arts development in traditional and non-traditional environments.

Dr. Lee has participated as a consultant, researcher, and/or volunteer review panelist for such organizations as the Indiana Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ohio Arts Council, the Department of Education, Opera Memphis, and the Urban Arts Commission. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017, Dr. Lee presented original research on community arts development; grassroots and ethnic arts funding; organizational behavior, management and theory in the Arts and other topics at the Social Theory Politics and the Arts, at the Association of Arts Administration Educators, and National Arts Marketing Project conferences. His dissertation investigated the implementation and management of public and private arts endowments, companion foundations, and cultural trust funds at State Arts Agencies. Additionally, Dr. Lee has held professorships in Art Education, African American Literature, Africana Studies, and Creative Writing, and possesses over twenty-five years of teaching in public schools, colleges, universities, and non-traditional environments.