picture of Michael Kane, Jill Morin and Christine Harris at Creativity Works! Milwaukee Regional Creative Industries Project Public Presentation, Harley-Davidson Museum

From left to right:
Creativity Works!
Milwaukee Regional Creative Industries Project Public Presentation, Harley-Davidson Museum - Michael Kane, Michael Kane Consulting,
Jill Morin, Board Co-Chair, Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Christine Harris

I worked with Christine Harris on the 2010 Creativity Works! Milwaukee Regional Creative Industries Project.  She was a inspiration to work
with, and she was also a superb project leader who added significant
value to the design, scope, recommendation and outcomes of the project.

Michael Kane, Principal
Michael Kane Consulting - Northampton, Mass.

Christine Harris, CEO and Chief Connector

Christine has been working with creative enterprises and community development for over 30 years. She began focusing on the creative economy in 2009. Christine co-founded the Creative Economy Coalition, a working committee of the National Creativity Network, and designed and executed the nation's first review of defining the creative economy with the seminal work America's Creative Economy: A Study of Recent Conceptions, Definitions, and Approaches to Measurement Across the USA, ISBN 978-0-99085-730-3. This study profiled and inventoried how 27 communities around the nation were profiling and measuring their creative economies. As co-founder of the Creative Economy Coalition and on behalf of the National Creativity Network, she helped design and managed the first Creative Economy Coalition Summit in Washington, DC, in September 2014.

Christine has worked on creative sector development with the City of Austin, TX; City of Fort Wayne, IN; City of Marquette, MI; Arts Alliance Illinois; ArtServe Michigan; Americans for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; National Creativity Network; Arts Wisconsin; Greater Milwaukee, and many others. She was CEO of Creative Alliance Milwaukee, where she managed a full profile of the regional creative economy and developed online resources for the sector.

Christine is considered a key national figure in this work, with the background of over 30 years in cultural administration leadership, cultural economy research and field leadership. Christine has been a consulted advisor and presenter for both the Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other client and presentation work, in addition to the above, has included Arts Alliance Illinois, Art Serve Michigan, Arts Wisconsin, Americans for the Arts, Greater Milwaukee Committee, and Milwaukee Public Theater. Christine has 25 years of arts administration experience, including CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund (second largest arts fund in the nation) from 2002 to 2007, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Ballet and Director of Marketing and Education for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. For the Ballet, Christine managed a fiscal survival turnaround and at the Symphony Christine founded the national arts education model, Arts in Community Education.

Christine's additional experience includes smaller nonprofit arts management, and executive management in corporate retailing in London, England for ten years. She was also a research assistant/casewriter for Harvard Business School.

Christine has been the recipient of the Business Journal's "Women of Influence" Award 2005, the US Postal Service's "Women Putting a Stamp on Milwaukee" Award 2005, the Sharon Lynn Wilson EDDY Award for regional arts education collaboration 2006; Civic Music Association "Distinguished Citizen" Award in 2008; and Milwaukee Public Theatre's "Champion of the Arts" Award 2010 She holds a Bachelor of Retailing and a Master of Business Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a native of Milwaukee, WI. More information can be found at www.charrisconnect.com.