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Artists At Work (AAW)

Building Structures for Equitable and Effective Support in Community-Engaged Practice
With Nadine Goellner, Managing Director of Artists at Work

Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 7:00pm

Artists have long played pivotal roles in cross-sector community engagement work, but without the support to navigate the emotional, social and professional challenges that this work brings. Nadine Goellner, Managing Director for Artists At Work (AAW), THE OFFICE performing arts + film’s national workforce resilience program in the spirit of the WPA, discusses how the AAW program model is designed to support artists and communities through artistic civic engagement. AAW Artists in regional cohorts throughout the United States have responded to local community needs across a range of issues including mental health, antiracism, environmental justice and climate resiliency, substance abuse recovery, and youth welfare.

A strategic and collaborative arts leader, Nadine Goellner brings over fifteen years of experience realizing complex programs and initiatives across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Nadine currently serves as the Managing Director of Artists At Work (AAW), THE OFFICE performing arts + film’s workforce resilience program in the spirit of the WPA that is designed to support the health of local communities through artistic civic engagement. Prior, Nadine served as Executive Director of Rooftop Films, where she successfully led the nonprofit through the pandemic and helped them re-imagine their programming and operations to continue to bring impactful cultural events to NYC. Nadine was also part of the inaugural senior leadership team at The Shed, where she played an integral role in building organizational infrastructure and resources necessary for the successful launch of the new cultural institution. A seasoned producer, she has specialized in commissioning and developing new work by luminary artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Björk, Quincy Jones, Steve McQueen, William Kentridge, Claudia Rankine, William Forsythe, and many others.  She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from UMass Dartmouth.  More information on Artists At Work can be found at and on THE OFFICE performing arts + film at