Nakyung initially came to work for Snow City Arts in February, 2019 as an intern, and was invited to join as a part time member of the staff in March, 2020 in the role of research specialist and administrative assistant. Nakyung brings her considerable knowledge as a specialist in data management and cultural policy analysis to our team. 

Her core research interest is in the arts and health, with an emphasis on the instrumental and instructional values of the arts. Her theoretical work is primarily aimed at improving communication in multidisciplinary collaborations in the arts and/for/in other areas to enhance the societal wellness of individuals and communities through lifelong learning and art appreciation. She has supported Arts of Life as a research and studio volunteer and serves on the Auxiliary Board of Lucky Plush Productions, an award-winning dance theater company based in Chicago. 

Nakyung majored in Business Administration and minored in Art History at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She holds her MA and PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from the Ohio State University, with a specialty in Cultural Policy & Arts Management, Museum Education & Administration, and Aging studies.  Nakyung serves as a research fellow for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, conducting analysis on state, federal, and private grantmaking in the arts and visualizing that data for more accessible use in the field. She continues her work presenting models of local arts education management, including the social value of arts education to Korean organizations in the field of arts management via the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; and recent responses to the COVID 19 pandemic, including Snow City Arts’ nimble pivot to Virtual Learning and its forward-looking fiscal management for the Korean Society of Arts and Cultural Management.

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