Ryan Blocker | Arts Administration & Policy


School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Arts Administration and Policy

Ryan Blocker is an arts administrator, writer, and musician interested in how the arts can facilitate a more just world. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Master’s of Arts Administration and Policy (MAAAP) program. His collaborative master’s thesis “Racing Culture: Exploring Race, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts” won the 2016 MAAAP department fellowship and is now taught as part of the degree curriculum.

Blocker has published numerous articles on politics, race, and art and has been recognized by the Illinois College Press Association. Most recently, he contributed an essay to artist Helen Maurene Cooper’s book project “Paint and Polish: Cultural Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side.” He is the program manager for Enrich Chicago, an arts-led alliance aiming to undo racism in the arts sector and beyond. Through his work at Enrich Chicago, he advances racial equity by providing training, capacity building, and technical assistance to arts and culture organizations in the Chicago area.

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