About Me

Angela T. Spinazzè

Angela is Principal and Founder of ATSPIN consulting. She is a humanist, process facilitator, information architect, and builder of bridges within and across communities seeking to realize tangible change. She has built a career organizing - people, organizations, neighborhood groups, communities of practice - around technology, group development, organizational agility, and capacity building. 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, with a methodology that is grounded in the principles of user centered design, agile development, and urban acupuncture. She is a Certified ToP Facilitator, an avid traveller, and her friends say she is a wonderful cook.

Her career began 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.

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.

The scope of her work continues to expand and includes collaborations with mid-career and established artists to tap into hidden potentialities, reveal wisdom in new ways, and channel energies in more focused directions through a holistic planning process that supports and sustains their practice. 

Angela works with a variety of institutions, initiatives, and wonderful colleagues around the globe some of which are listed here: 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, Performing Arts Readiness (the successor project to ArtsReady), Toledo Lucas County Public Library, HEIR, Watermill Center, Oriental Institute (University of Chicago), VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art), ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, ConservationSpace, ResearchSpace, Oakland Museum of California, Walker Art Center, Statens Museum for Kunst (Denmark), University of Minnesota Libraries Performing Arts Archive (Preserving the Ephemeral), SouthArts, Natural History Museum (London), Society of Architectural Historians (SAHARA), Kew Gardens, Mystic Seaport, Québec Museum Consortium, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Este Court Archive, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and others.

She 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.