Executive Director for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and ArtsEngine
Laurie Baefsky has been leading a2ru and ArtsEngine since August 2014, working to advance the national conversation in interdisciplinary learning, research and teaching between the arts and other disciplines. a2ru is a partnership of over thirty institutions committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts and other disciplines. Laurie has developed, led and taught within other interdisciplinary arts education initiatives for over 20 years.
From 2007-2011 she established the USU ArtsBridge program at Utah State University, connecting university students with area schools and community organizations through arts-based interdisciplinary service-learning initiatives. During this time she also directed professional development efforts for northern Utah schools for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. Prior to joining ArtsEngine / a2ru she served as grants manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums in Salt Lake City, where she oversaw the annual distribution of $1.3 million in state and federal funding for individuals, organizations, communities and educators. A skilled grant writer herself, her efforts have resulted in over $4.5 million in arts funding through grants from federal, state and private sources.
Also an active performer and arts educator, Laurie has appeared on flute and piccolo with the Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony, and as a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony. As a chamber artist, her performance venues have ranged from Symphony Space and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYC to northeastern Morocco and Umbria, Italy.