Scott Blackshire is a Ph.D. candidate in the Performance as Public Practice program at The University of Texas at Austin. His work examines the reality of artists’ professional work, specifically as they emerge from academic programs into post-baccalaureate creative communities. Examining the ways in which communities support artists and considering the experiences and perspectives of artists-in-training supports a better understanding of artists’ lives. His work also prompts consideration of what might be done to better prepare all types of artists to fully engage in their artistic endeavors. In short, prepare emerging artists to flourish in communities that are, in turn, ready to support them.
Blackshire earned his Bachelor of Music (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Master of Music (Catholic University, Washington, D.C.) degrees in Opera Performance and has sung with regional opera companies in the United States and in the United Kingdom. While pursuing his graduate studies in Washington, D.C., Scott worked as the assistant director of development at The Caring Institute (an affiliate of the National Association for Homecare). In Austin, performing and academics have been balanced with work in non-profit and private foundation realms. Most recently Blackshire spoke at the PAVE Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship and the Arts, moderated a panel at SXSWedu, and presented at the annual meeting of the US Department of Education School Leadership Programs, where he introduced his book chapter, “Certified Cognitive Coaching in a School Leadership Program” in From Policy to Practice: Sustainable Innovations in School Leadership Preparation and Development (2014).