Paul Pietsch leads NASAA’s qualitative research efforts. He focuses on programmatic and policy trends in state arts agencies and state legislation, reporting on them in policy briefs and strategy samplers. He also highlights innovative state arts agency practices in the monthly State to State column in NASAA Notes. Paul has researched programs and policies supporting arts and military, creative aging, arts in health care, cultural districts, the creative economy, public art, arts education, arts based rural development, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts, among other things.
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 paints in his studio every morning and has contributed to Washington’s arts community through teaching, running figure-drawing groups, and serving 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.