Office of Cultural Work Founder and Management Consultant, Shannon Brunette, is a leader in nonprofit arts management and philanthropy, working at the intersection of art and social change with individual artists, nonprofits and creative entrepreneurs. Organizations with which Shannon has held leadership positions with have been Penumbra Theatre, Walker Art Center, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Blue Man Group and Lambent Foundation. Shannon’s consultancy projects have included, Lha Charitable Trust, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Northern Lights, The Soap Factory, Burnet Gallery and Lutman & Associates.

Shannon is Co-founder of The Drawing Project, a mission driven art project to encourage and engage diverse local/global perspectives on contemporary drawing through nomadic drawing workshops. While in NYC, she co-founded NYC Women’s Salon, a professional network and mentoring group for woman involved in progressive fields. For a two-year term, she served as the Board President of CVA Action, a nonprofit dedicated to the alumni of the College of Visual Arts. Shannon is a Continuing Education faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design focusing on drawing and professional development courses. She is a 2017 recipient of the MRAC Next Step Fund award supported by the McKnight Foundation and a 2017 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Fellow.


Shannon’s many talents bring closer the worlds of art, social justice, and philanthropy.

– M. Jahn, Studio Rev


  • Consulting organizations and individuals to advance their mission and vision
  • Develop and implement new initiatives; direct the vision and goals of organizations and individuals within a strategic planning phase through execution
  • Conceive and execute strategies, infrastructure, capacity-building, development and fundraising including brand identity, innovative program integration, community engagement and audience development
  • Conceive, produce and execute programmatic work with a focus on the intersection of arts and social justice
  • Oversee management support of budgets, cash flows, grant awards, contracts, staffing, human resources and organizational policies and procedures


  • 2017 MRAC Next Step Fund award supported by the McKnight Foundation
  • 2017 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Fellow
  • 2015 artEquity Alumni, diversity/equity/inclusion facilitator training intensive
  • Leading infrastructure/capacity building and fiscal/organizational management at Penumbra Theatre
  • Successful fundraising and development planning for local artist-driven projects within the Twin Cities
  • Spearheading a new strategic funding plan, brand identity and website at Lambent Foundation
  • Co-founder, The Drawing Project, a mission driven project to collaborate with, encourage and engage diverse local/global perspectives on contemporary drawing through nomadic drawing workshops and events
  • Co-founder, NYC Women’s Salon, professional network/mentoring group involved in progressive fields
  • Board President of CVA Action, a nonprofit dedicated to the alumni and friends of the College of Visual Arts (2-year service)
  • Consultant for Immigrant Artist Project offering professional development, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Trained at Facing Race on issues impacting inequities within the fields of arts and culture
  • Volunteer consultant for Lha Charitable Trust, providing resources to Tibetan refugees in India
  • Participation as an artist fellow in Orissa, India, at the Raghurajpur International Art & Craft Exchange
  • Jerome Foundation grant recipient and artist fellow at The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN


  • Arts Management Consultant, 2013―Present
  • Managing Director, Penumbra Theatre Company, 20152017, Saint Paul, MN
  • Program Director, Lambent Foundation, 20072013, New York, NY
  • Creative Producer/Tour Manager, Fischerspooner, 2007, Europe
  • Creative Producer/Tour Manager, Blue Man Touring, 2006, USA/Canada
  • Creative Development Manager, Blue Man Productions, 20002006, New York, NY
    • Producer, Blue Man Group Children’s Museum’s, touring exhibition
    • Creator, Blue Man Group Education Program, a post-performance educator’s packet/booklet and student study guide aligned with New York High School standards
  • Education Program Associate, Learning Through Art Children’s Program, Guggenheim Museum, 19982000, New York, NY
  • Family Program Assistant, Walker Art Center, 19971998, Minneapolis, MN 


  • Continuing Education Faculty, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, 2014―Present
    • Design and implement studio drawing courses, professional development workshops and online learning courses such as Grantwriting for Artist, Advancing & Promoting Your Career, Experiential Drawing and Art Educator’s Workshop: Experimental Drawing
  • Co-Founder/Teaching Artist, The Drawing Project, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN, 2014―Present
    • Develop, design, implement and inspire nomadic drawing courses, workshops and experiential learning through drawing and community engagement
    • Examples and community partnerships include: Draw the Night at the Foshay Tower Observation Deck and Museum, Endless Drawing at the Guthrie Theater, Drawing with Mittens at Silverwood Park, and Drawing Town Hall at the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts