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Kathryn Heidemann

Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Dean of Arts & Entertainment Management
Pittsburgh, PA
Kathryn Heidemann is a senior arts management professional, artist, and higher education administrator, currently serving as Carnegie Mellon University’s Assistant Dean of Arts & Entertainment Management -- a joint appointment within the College of Fine Arts and Heinz College of Public Policy & Information Systems Management. Through her role, she oversees academic and curricular affairs, strategic initiatives, and external relations for the arts and entertainment management graduate programs (Pittsburgh & Los Angeles) and its affiliate laboratories and centers, as well as the joint degree programs with University of Bologna and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to her role at CMU, Kathryn assumed leadership positions in education/community engagement, external relations, and operations for a variety of cultural organizations including The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Chicago Academy for the Arts, to name a few. She earned a Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago. An active community leader, Kathryn also serves as an Art Commissioner to the City of Pittsburgh (appointment by Mayor Peduto) as well as on the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Kathryn is especially interested in place-based arts initiatives in post-industrial environments, and data-informed practices that intersect people, policy, technology and creativity.


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