John Carnwath | Associate Principal

John Carnwath Headshot

I’m indebted to Katherin Canton at the California Arts Council for introducing me to adrienne maree brown’s work on Emergent Strategy.”

John Carnwath’s work at WolfBrown primarily focuses on arts funding, evaluation, and cultural policy. He recently developed a long-term plan to build capacity for evaluation and impact assessment among State Humanities Councils (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and was an integral part of the team that developed a Qualitative Impact Framework for the Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently conducting a field scan of the arts ecosystem in California. It combines statistical analysis of the best available data on arts nonprofits with consultations in local communities to identify sources of inequity in the distribution of private and public arts funding across the state.

Recent evaluation projects include:

  • An assessment of the nationwide Why It Matters program, which encouraged civic and electoral participation through public humanities programs.
  • A 12-year retrospective of the impact the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International program has had on the careers of performing artists who tour abroad.
  • An evaluation of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges grant program, which fostered interfaith and intercultural understanding through residencies featuring Muslim artists and artists from Muslim-majority countries on US college campuses.

As a facilitator, John frequently works with philanthropies and service organizations to support peer learning among cohorts of grantees such as the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts initiative, and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges program. John recently facilitated a series of webinars and working groups exploring a range of research and evaluation topics to build staff capacity for the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

He received undergraduate and master’s degrees from UC Santa Barbara and his PhD from Northwestern University. He lives in Alameda, California.

John can be reached directly via email.

At the Watts Towers Arts Center, learning about the Arts Ecosystem of South LA with fellow researcher Anh Thang Doa-Shah and local poet Peter J. Harris

Portrait of John Carnwath at home

Focus group with local muralists in Del Rey, California

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