My Journey

Angela T. Spinazzè is Principal and Founder of ATSPIN consulting. She is a humanist, designer of conversations and a steward of participatory processes working with artists, non-profits, community groups, and influential organizations primarily in the cultural heritage and creative sectors that are engaged in strategy setting, project planning, and capacity building initiatives. Angela brings a holistic, multimodal, and human-centered focus to her work that makes planning facile and structured, taps hidden potentialities, and brings a shared understanding to the ruts and obstacles that often stand in the way of success in order to turn ideas into practical actions that result in tangible accomplishments.

She has extensive experience in museum collections management, data interchange protocols, and leading community design and development of open source software for museums, libraries, and archives. Her work spans the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, performing arts, higher education, national and regional arts service organizations and professional associations. Her methodology is grounded in the principles of user centered and asset based design, agile development, and urban acupuncture. She is a Certified ToP Facilitator, an avid traveller, and her friends say she is a wonderful cook.

From Paper to Digital

Angela started her career at The Art Institute of Chicago in the Annual Programs Department where she produced direct mail campaigns, planned special events and worked with volunteers. From there she went on to join the team that designed and developed the museum's first database of collections information. She managed the conversion of the index card file representing approximately 150,000 works of art into electronic format, helped develop the application architecture and user interface, and led the implementation of the inventory process. For several years afterwards, she served as Director of Marketing for a leading commercial software application developer where she managed all marketing and sales activities worldwide and co-developed two Windows-based applications for collections management in addition to directing implementation and training programs.

Public Access and Data Standards

In 1997, she founded ATSPIN consulting. Initially, her work focused exclusively on museums and the integration of technologies into the museum ecology to improve access to collections information for both staff and public audiences. For a few years, she led programming activities for the CIMI Consortium, editing several technical guides produced by the Consortium; designing and leading professional development seminars on topics such as Dublin Core, digitization, and collection level description standards. In addition, she managed the Handscape project - one of the first studies to examine the effectiveness of mobile devices in museums.

Human-Centered and Community Designed

Angela worked at the vanguard of the open source software movement in the GLAM and higher education domains leading the community design of three applications for cataloging, managing, conserving, and studying object and artifact collections and in support of collaborative research through CollectionSpace, ConservationSpace, and ResearchSpace; managing the program activities of ArchivesSpace; and working with the performing arts community to design ArtsReady and its successor Performing Arts Readiness applications in support of readiness planning and business continuity. The scope of her work continues to expand and includes explorations with mid-career and established artists in support of sustaining and re-engergizing their practice.

Wonderful Colleagues and Rewarding Projects

Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations, COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), Archeworks, Americas Media Initiative, Hedspeth Art Consulting, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Watermill Center, Oriental Institute (University of Chicago), VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art), Oakland Museum of California, Walker Art Center, Statens Museum for Kunst (Denmark), Natural History Museum (London), Society of Architectural Historians (SAHARA), Kew Gardens, Mystic Seaport, Québec Museum Consortium, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Angela holds a Bachelors of Arts from Miami University and a Masters of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.