Andrea Lim | Arts Manager

Andrea Lim

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Andrea is an arts manager
that cares about
access & equity in the arts.

 
 
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Andrea Lim is a Sydney-based Singaporean-born arts manager, violinist and dim-sum enthusiast who cares deeply about access, equity and social change within the arts.

Andrea inherited her zeal for access and equity in the arts from her own struggle and lived experience. She's fiercely passionate when approaching topics on oppression, race, and community engagement within arts organizations, non-profits and educational institutions. Her work examines structural and institutional inequities as it relates to arts participation.

Andrea is currently the cultural development projects officer at Fairfield City Council. Prior to that, she project managed a social change artist residency with the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle and was an art consultant with 501 Commons. Andrea has also worked with TeenTix, Artist Trust, City Arts Magazine and Limelight Magazine. Prior to her stint in Seattle, Andrea founded The Chamber Project, an organization in Sydney reinventing the way classical music was being presented.

She holds a Masters of Fine Art in Arts Leadership (Management) from Seattle University, and a Bachelor in Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Diploma in Music from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.


Portfolio

Cultural Development - Community Projects Officer
Fairfield City Council

The Community Project Officer Cultural Development is a catalyst within the Council and community to engage and build creative skills in the local community. 

I manage council's annual Social Change Through Creativity Grants Program, and co-facilitate grant-writing workshops based on community arts and cultural development principles. Through community needs assessments, I identify cultural development needs and aspirations of residents and cultural groups to develop appropriate projects.

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Project Manager
The Center on Contemporary Art

I am the project manager of Storefronts UN[contained] - a new artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues.

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Art Consultant
Urban Artworks and 501 Commons

I served Urban Artworks (UA) as a consultant through 501 Commons during their capacity building phase. UA provides opportunities for contemporary artists and local youth coming out of the juvenile system to work together to create public works of art.


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Equity & Anti-Oppression Trainer
ACT Theatre

Trained theatre teaching artists teaching playwriting to underrepresented youth in schools through their Young Playwrights Program. The training covered culture and social identities, internalized oppression and racism, implicit bias, allyship, and decolonizing gender. 

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MFA Advocates for Social Justice
Seattle University

I formed the MFA Advocates for Social Justice as part of my appointment as a Diversity and Equity Peer Educator with The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. I organized and advocated for inclusion and an equitable curriculum resulting in a revision of the program's current strategic plan. 

 
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Project Lead - Alumni Engagement
TeenTix

I developed TeenTix's alumni engagement project as a retention and fundraising strategy to continue engaging teens aging out of our program. TeenTix’s vision is to build a future for our city by empowering young people to take an active role in shaping their arts community as audience members, critics, influencers, advocates, patrons and leaders. 

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Organizer
All in for Washington Campaign

I directly neogiated with legislators to pass policy and bills for an equitable taxcode in Washington State. I also organized community based art build event "Art in for Washington" as an advocacy tool to address the regressive tax code in Washington State affecting low-income communities and communities of colour.


Producer, Performer, Curator
The Chamber Project

I founded The Chamber Project to reinvent the way classical music was presented to include a wider audience and address elitism within our industry.

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Development, Fundraising and Events
Artist Trust

Developed a financial development visual dashboard for FY14 - FY17 to track trends in individual giving, corporate and foundation funders for the team and board to fully understand the overall financial picture and impact of the organization. 

Artist Trust is a grant-making organization supporting artists of all disciplines in Washington State.

 

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Awards

Americans for the arts - 2016

Serving Underserved Communities Scholarship Category

 

Seattle University
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Award - 2017

Social Justice and Community Engagement Award

 

Australia America Association - 2015

Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship for Arts Management

 

Layne beachley aim for the stars girls foundation - 2015

Grant Recipient to pursue arts management

 

Performers Trust Australia - 2015

Grant Recipient to pursue arts management