Paul Pietsch leads NASAA’s qualitative research efforts, focusing on programmatic and policy trends in state arts agencies. In his role, Paul has written a number of nationally influential white papers. His research portfolio includes a broad array of topics, including arts-based rural development, arts in healthcare, arts and the opioid epidemic, creative aging, arts and the military, the creative economy, creative placemaking, cultural districts, public art, arts education, and diversity in the arts, among other things. He also tracks state legislation pertaining to the arts and highlights innovative state arts agency practices in the monthly State to State column of NASAA Notes.
Prior to joining NASAA in 2012, Paul managed the research efforts of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid as well as those of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition. He has worked as a writer and fundraiser at Harvard University, Dartmouth College and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Paul also is an artist with an M.F.A. and a graduate certificate in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C. He is a faculty member of the Washington Studio School, facilitates life drawing groups, and has served on the Artists’ Advisory Council of the Washington Project for the Arts and the board of directors of Art Enables, an art gallery and vocational arts program for artists with disabilities.