Declan Wicks joined NASAA in 2020 as research associate. In this role, he monitors programmatic trends in the state arts agency field, documenting the diverse strategies used to foster the arts at the state level. Declan is responsible for conducting qualitative research on best practices for state arts agencies, tracking state legislation, and writing NASAA policy briefs and strategy samplers based on his research. Additionally, he coordinates with the research team to answer requests for information and contribute to multiple NASAA member services.
Declan most recently completed an internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he worked alongside the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy team to facilitate executive education programming and analyze internal programmatic data. He graduated with a B.M. in world music and a B.A. in international studies from Bowling Green State University. While studying, he helped manage his family’s coffee shop and organized an annual downtown music and arts festival. Declan is an avid musician and trombonist with a keen interest in the soundscapes of our daily lives.