Katy Clune




Arts Communications Specialist, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts
Duke University
September 2017–Present, Durham, NC

  • Elevate the arts across Duke, working in partnership with the Vice Provost for the Arts and entities around campus.
  • Design communication strategies from blank page to implementation to support Duke Arts and the Rubenstein Arts Center (opening January 2018).
  • Manage website redesign and write and design foundational content for arts.duke.edu and artscenter.duke.edu.
  • Craft an effective social media strategy for the Duke Arts brand family, including @DukeArts, @Artstigators, @MuralDurham and DEMAN (Duke Entertainment and Media Alumni Network)
  • Offer recommendations on public-facing programs for the Rubenstein Arts Center. 
  • Write magazine-style features for Duke Arts, and curate a selection of writings and other features from on- and off-campus contributors. 
  • Lead monthly meetings and vision longer-term goals for a team of 20+ communicators supporting arts organizations and departments across Duke University. 
  • Assist with coordinating the Council for the Arts at Duke—an advisory team of high-level representatives from across campus. 
  • Manage full-time website assistant and part-time graduate and undergraduate students.

Consultant, Cultural Communications
Aug 2013–Present, Durham, NC

I provide freelance support in the areas of strategic communications, writing, design. I also occasionally curate public programs or support folklore-related research projects. My consulting work has included:

Digital Features Editor, Southern Cultures, UNC-Chapel Hill
Oct 2015–Sep 2017, Durham, NC

Produce weekly multimedia web features to expand audience for Southern Cultures. Managed website redesign and contributed to look and feel of website and journal re-branding, which won "Best Design" from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2017. 

Program Curator + Coordinator, Arts Greensboro + The National Folk Festival
Feb–Nov 2016, Durham, NC

Researched, conceptualized, and implemented “Fabric of Freedom” public arts program. This NEA-sponsored series highlighted Greensboro’s history of freedom movements and social justice and served over 3,600 attendees.

Digital Editor, Southern Foodways Alliance
Jun–Nov 2015, Durham, NC

Curated, wrote, edited, and designed a special series of multimedia web features, drawing from the SFA oral history archive.

Communications + Marketing Manager, The Textile Museum
Jan 2011–Aug 2013, Washington, DC

  • Managed all communications vehicles for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Served as managing editor for the quarterly Members’ Magazine, print, and web publications.
  • Created media relations strategy, acted as key media liaison, and successfully earned coverage in local and national outlets.
  • Revamped museum’s social media efforts, resulting in a 600% increase in followers.
  • Envisioned, developed, and implemented annual strategic communications plans.
  • Consistently took a creative, multi-tiered approach to marketing, which included building mutually-beneficial partnerships.
  • Created a new revenue stream and increased public awareness through designing and managing an after-hours event series.
  • Led communications initiatives for merger with George Washington University, including the sensitive public announcement.
  • Served as writer and editor for museum director and board.
  • Effectively managed department budget. Directed communications associate and outside consultants.

Museum Teacher, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Mar 2011–Jul 2013, Washington, DC

Led educational programs for children and adults. Answered visitor questions and evaluated events.

Communications + Marketing Assistant, The Textile Museum
Jul 2009–Jan 2011, Washington, DC

  • Managed production for quarterly Members’ Magazine. Key editor and content manager for museum website.
  • Developed, designed, and distributed exhibition marketing collateral to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assisted with social media activities, produced bi-weekly e-newsletters.
  • Implemented new, efficient editing process across museum departments. Managed department interns.
  • Responded to media requests and public inquiries. Promoted to manage department in January 2011.

Program Book Coordinator + Intern
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Jan–Aug 2009

Hired as a 2009 festival contractor in recognition of intern performance. Coordinated production and on-site logistics for the Festival Program Book, resulting in increased sales.

Education Intern & Interpretive Guide
Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jan–May 2009, Washington, DC

Researched educational materials and served as a public educator in galleries.

Communications Assistant, Canberra Arts Marketing
Oct–Dec 2008, Canberra, Australia

Promoted Canberra Arts Marketing members—nearly 100 local artists and organizations—through a variety of media outlets. Hired on the recommendation of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Gallery Intern, Root Division
May–Aug 2008, San Francisco, CA

Coordinated submission process for a juried contemporary art show.

Visitor Services Assistant & Education Intern, National Gallery of Australia
Jun-Aug 2007, Canberra, Australia


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master of Arts in Folklore, May 2015

Coursework in material culture and digital communications.
Thesis: “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina,”

University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, May 2008

Coursework in twentieth-century art and politics. GPA 3.9, Phi Beta Kappa.


Programming Committee, the North Carolina Folk Festival

Dec 2017–Present, Greensboro, NC

Board Member (President Elect) and Marketing Committee Chair, The Scrap Exchange

Jun 2016–Present, Durham, NC

Board Member, North Carolina Folklore Society

Aug 2014–Dec 2016, Durham, NC

Presenter, Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Jun 2012, Washington, DC

Juror, American Alliance of Museums, “MUSE” Awards, Podcast/Audio Tour Category

Feb 2012, Washington, DC

Treasurer, Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium

Jul 2009–Jan 2011, Washington, DC


Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC, On View Feb 6-Mar 27, 2017

Exhibit curator and researcher, Morganton City Hall, Morganton, NC

Unpacking the Past, Designing the Future: The Scrap Exchange and Lakewood in Partnership, On View Dec 16, 2015-Feb 11, 2017

Exhibt curator and researcher, The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC

Migration Narratives, On View Sep 5-Dec 9, 2016

Exhibit researcher, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Oct 19–22, 2016, Miami, FL

Panel presentations:

  • "Reframing Narratives: Curating Southern Cultural Expression" 
  • "The New Public Folklore: Southern Cultural Work in the Digital Age"

Appalachian Food Summit, Sep 16–17, 2016, Berea, KY

Digital presentation: "Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC," Country Road Take Me Home: Stories of Comings, Goings & Food

Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC, On View Feb 5-Aug 1, 2016

Exhibit curator and researcher, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolina Cornucopia, A Conference on Foodways of the Tar Heel State
May 29–30, 2015, Chapel Hill, NC

Panel Presentation, "Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats"

Global South Conference: State of the Plate, March 27–28, 2016, Chapel Hill, NC

Presentation, "Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC" 


Masters Merit Assistantship, The Graduate School, UNC-Chapel Hill, Aug 2013

Scholarship for 2013-2014 academic year in recognition of academic and professional achievements.

Patton Boggs Funded Internship, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014–2015

Awarded two paid internships to assist with long-term and short-term audience development goals.

Emerging Museum Professional Fellowship, American Alliance of Museums, 2011


  • Writing: Copy editing according to Chicago and AP stylebooks
  • Design: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and print management
  • Web: Social media, Adobe Dreamweaver, Wordpress, Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Squarespace
  • Video and audio: D-SLR filming, editing in Adobe Premiere and Audition
  • Language: Basic knowledge of French