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Susan Cohen

OAAG Executive Coaching/Human Resource Consultant

Program Director, WorkInCulture




Susan Cohen combines direct experience as a freelance arts practitioner in music, theatre, dance and editorial journalism with work in senior administrative and policy positions in the cultural sector.  As a specialist in public policy and program development she worked with the Ontario Arts Council in progressively senior positions, including Director of Arts Programs.  Her independent consulting practice has focused on community arts, festivals and training programs primarily for the cultural sector.


As Director of Programming at WorkInCulture she has managed the development of programs and curricula designed for in-career professionals including The Business of Art (an introduction to business planning), an online suite of HR tips; Templates and HR Tools for creatives, and foundational business e-learning courses all available on the WorkInCulture website. She has overseen and developed a wide range of in-person learning programs addressing business skills for the creative community throughout the province.  At WorkInCulture she has also been responsible for research, including the seminal study commissioned from Ipsos-Reid Enriching Our Work in Culture, the first Ontario-based comprehensive study of business skill needs for the cultural sector.


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