Angela T. Spinazzè
I am a facilitator, change-agent, curator, and information architect. My gift is organizing - people, groups, practice communities - around organizational agility, capacity building, professional development, project management, digital literacy, sustainability planning, and more - working with stakeholders at all levels to collaborate and realize collective change. I work with organizations to build bridges amongst their constituents and partners, facilitate participatory development of practical visions and missions, and translate end-user needs into technical requirements taking the mystery out of software development for subject matter specialists.
My career began at The Art Institute of Chicago in the Annual Programs Department where I produced direct mail campaigns, planned special events, and worked with volunteers. From 1991-1993, I worked on the design and development of the museum's first database of collections information in support of the taking of a comprehensive physical inventory. I 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.
From 1993-1997, I served as Director of Marketing for a leading commercial software application developer and managed all marketing and sales activities worldwide. I co-developed two Windows-based applications for collections management in addition to directing implementation and training programs.
I founded ATSPIN consulting in 1997. Initially, my 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, I led programming activities for the CIMI Consortium. I edited several technical guides produced by the Consortium and led professional development seminars on topics such as Dublin Core, digitization, and collection level description standards. In addition, I managed the Handscape project - one of the first studies to examine the effectiveness of mobile devices in museums.
The scope of my work continues to expand and encompasses the arts, academic, and cultural heritage domains; museums, archives, libraries, private and special collections, theatre, performing arts (presenting, producing and service organizations), conservation science, regional arts organizations, film makers and artists, and much more. My work planning for and facilitating community action and design workshops includes the annual members meeting of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership initiative, ArtsReady, Preserving the Ephemeral, CollectionSpace, ConservationSpace, and ResearchSpace amongst others. I have extensive experience writing grants for online collections access projects such as SAHARA, mentoring young professionals, and working with institutions to develop policies for collections cataloguing, management, and publishing efforts.
I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of institutions and wonderful colleagues around the globe some of which are listed here: Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum, Archeworks, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, HEIR, Watermill Center, Oriental Institute (University of Chicago), Oakland Museum of California, Walker Art Center, Statens Museum for Kunst (Denmark), University of Minnesota Libraries (Performing Arts Archive), SouthArts, Natural History Museum (London), Society of Architectural Historians, Kew Gardens, Mystic Seaport, Québec Museum Consortium, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Este Court Archive, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and others.
I hold 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.