Our Team

We’re a group of practicing artists, advocates, and community members who are passionate about helping to create a world where artists can thrive.

Artists Thrive started in 2016 when a group of arts professionals and artists produced the first draft of this field-wide assessment rubric. Through multiple rounds of feedback, Artists Thrive was publicly launched in 2017. Artists Thrive is driven by a leadership team of artists and diverse collaborators from different sectors and communities across the country and is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Sherry Wagner-Henry

2019 Summit Steering Committee

Sherry is the director for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sherry also serves as an affiliate staff leader at the Division of the Arts on campus, is secretary of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).

I see Artists Thrive as a road map in one hand and a compass in the other.


Azucena Trejo Williams

2019 Summit Steering Committee

Azucena Trejo Williams is an interdisciplinary artist, working in installation, photography, video and sound, who also works in higher education in Kentucky.

I see Artists Thrive as an intersecting tool for dialogue, networking and resources for artists at any stage of their careers.

Photo: Headshot of Laura Zabel.

Laura Zabel

Inaugural Leadership Team

Laura is Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts. Based in Minnesota, Springboard is an economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Springboard operates Creative Exchange, a national platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects.

I see Artists Thrive as a tool for movement building.