Annick Odom (rhymes with unique, she/her) joined WolfBrown in 2022. She oversees the firm’s various communications channels. Odom also supports field learning efforts to build the knowledge and capacity of arts leaders nationwide. She supports communities of practice–cohorts of leaders who coalesce around a particular learning objective or practice. These include the newsletters On Our Minds, Immersed in the Future, Audience Outlook Monitor, and Amplifying Creative Opportunities.
Odom’s work at WolfBrown draws on her international background as a communications specialist, musician, event organizer, and teaching artist. Odom has held multiple positions in communications with both artists and researchers. She was a research coordinator at the Centre for Urban Mental Health at the University of Amsterdam. There, she managed communications and research, including a project on urban planning and children’s mental health. Odom has organized events and coordinated grassroots marketing efforts at several arts organizations in Michigan. These include UMS, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and the Medical Arts Program at the University of Michigan. Previous experience as a teaching artist includes her work at the Sphinx Organization in Flint, the Leerorkest in Amsterdam, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also taught clarinet, double bass, and improvisation for several arts programs in Chile, Suriname, and Mexico.
Odom continues to be active as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. She performs music ranging from self-written chamber pieces to American ballads learned knee-to-knee from elders in the Appalachian region. Her music has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Classical Post). According to Dutch public broadcaster VPRO, ”Every song is an adventure because of her experiences and her view of the world where she grew up.” Recent performances include the Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival (The Netherlands); Rewire (The Netherlands); Banff Center for the Arts in Canada; Oh My Ears! New Music Festival in Arizona (US); Nief-Norf Summer Festival (US); and New Music on the Point in Vermont (US). She currently sits on the board of directors for Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, based in NYC.
Odom holds a master’s in Psychology: Theory and Research from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2021). Her thesis and internships there focused on contextual psychiatry and neuropsychology research. As a part of her studies, she completed an internship at Oxford’s Translational Neuroscience lab. She also holds a Master of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (2018). Her music thesis focused on situating personal values in artistic practice, moving towards a reflective and reflexive framework. She also holds three bachelor’s from the University of Michigan (2014): Clarinet Performance, Double Bass Performance, and Psychology. She interned in the Music, Mind, and Brain Lab at the University of London, Goldsmiths during her studies.
Annick Odom can be reached directly via email.