Maren Brown works independently, as well as in concert with a network of associates who complement her work with clients.
Brown works with a variety of clients nationwide on their arts management consulting and training needs, including arts service organizations such as Americans for the Arts, New England Presenters, and the National Partnerships Program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; state, local and regional arts agencies (most recently for the Delaware Division of the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, New England Foundation for the Arts, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Vermont Arts Council, and the Arkansas Arts Council), individual artists, and community arts organizations and networks (recent clients include the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals). Please see the clients page of this website for more information about projects she has undertaken.
Brown is the co-founder of the National Arts Policy Archive and Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is responsible for securing collections from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Americans for the Arts, among others. She co-founded the arts management degree program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in collaboration with the University Without Walls, which is the only degree program in the nation that focuses on adult learners who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree in arts management. Brown currently teaches in the program, and has developed and taught courses in arts programming, financial management, arts marketing, and introduction to arts management.
Brown is the co-editor of the foundational text, Fundamentals of Arts Management, used in 45% of the arts management degree programs in the nation, and is the co-author of two workbooks on partnership development in the arts, Partners in Creative Economy Planning and Re-imagining Resources Through Partnership Development. She has delivered numerous training programs around the nation for arts management practitioners in subjects ranging from strategic planning to program evaluation, and also teaches business skills to artists of all disciplines.
Brown has over 25 years of experience in the field of arts management, most recently as the Director of the national arts service organization, Arts Extension Service, from 2005-2011. She draws upon these decades of experience as both an arts management practitioner (where she worked in museums, performing and visual arts centers, and a funding agency) and as an artist (egg tempera painter) in her arts management consulting and education work. Brown is a nationally-certified Human Subjects Researcher, and a member of American Evaluation Association. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.