Katy Clune



I call my work cultural communications. 

Fieldwork in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo by Vansana Nolintha.

I specialize in communications strategy, writing, and design.

Raised in the Foreign Service and now based in Durham, NC, I have worked in communications for over ten years as both a freelancer and full-time. My portfolio includes written work (editorial, documentary, and public relations), design projects for print and web, public programs, and strategic planning initiatives.

I have a BA in art history from the University of California-Berkeley (2008) and a MA in folklore from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2015). I am currently arts communications specialist for Duke University, and manage the brand and strategy for Duke Arts and the Rubenstein Arts Center.  I am chair of the board of directors of The Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse center in Durham that is revitalizing the historic Lakewood neighborhood via its Reuse Arts District.

Between 2011 and 2013, I was communications and marketing manager for The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, where my work raised the profile of the museum and guided its successful transition to the George Washington University. I grew my freelance portfolio upon moving to North Carolina by serving multiple clients in the higher-education and cultural sectors. In 2016, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, I curated “Fabric of Freedom,” a month-long series of arts programs in Greensboro, NC, presented in conjunction with the National Folk Festival. Between 2015–2017 I was digital editor for Southern Culturesa quarterly journal published by UNC Press.  

My documentary project, “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC,” based on my folklore master’s thesis, has been published in Southern Cultures, in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy quarterly and podcast, Our State magazine, and its supporting photo exhibit was displayed at the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Morganton City Hall in 2015 and 2016. 

Explore this site to see how I help organizations leverage their powerful content to build community support and expand their mission. 

My work in the news:

"The Southern Oral History Program Noticed a Lack of Asian-American Voices in Its Archive. Southern Mix Is the Fix," INDY Weekly, Jun 2017

"Photography exhibit to feature Laotian immigrant culture in Morganton," The News Herald, Morganton, NC, Feb 2017

"Carolina Food Summit," The State of Things, WUNC, Sep 2016

"Mapping a Culinary Mashup: Laos and a Local Community," Carolina Arts & Sciences magazine, UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2015

"From Hot To Salty, Smoky And Sweet, What Our State’s Flavors Say About Who We Are," The State of Things, WUNC, Mar, 2105


Top: Fieldwork in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo by Vansana Nolintha.