I am an Artist/Researcher/Teacher/Designer with a passion for innovation as well as human-centered and experience design.  As a boundary crosser, I facilitate the transfer of novel ideas between disciplines and lead others to develop, test, and pilot creative solutions within complex systems.

My research focuses on the notion of multiple professional identities, and what happens when people work in the intersections of those identities.  As someone who is comfortable in both creative and analytical spaces, I find that I can easily foster the translation of ideas among art, design, education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. My ability to identify and blend key knowledge across varied disciplines allows me to check assumptions and make connections that often go unseen.  As a result, I am talented at helping groups blend, bend, and negotiate conventions to construct new solutions to age old problems.

My professional aim is to inspire others through creative mechanisms, and my personal aim is to shift educational and institutional paradigms to disrupt accepted forms of knowledge, access, privilege, and power. I attempt to achieve my aims through teaching, leading, mentoring, and studying existing and historical models.

Currently, I am the assistant director of a new initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder intended to spread awareness of and bring entrepreneurship and innovation across campus. This work is happening under the Research and Innovation Office and enlists stakeholders both on and off campus.

My background has been a collection of interrelated artistic and educational pursuits that only make sense upon hindsight.  Previously, I was the innovation program manager in the imaginarium (the innovation lab) at Denver Public Schools.  My day job building capacity and transforming conditions to allow innovation and design thinking to spread throughout a public K-12 system.  Prior to that, I worked at the University of Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Francis Parker School, Colorado Mountain College, and The Island School, which was sprinkled with many community and youth passion projects in between.

My personal passions and curiosities include being in nature, practicing yoga, trail running with my dog, skiing champagne powder on blue bird days, anything with art/design/creativity, wearing costumes and making wearable art, creating sparkly things and fairy wands, and spending time with my amazing network of friends.

I’m constantly contemplating, “What’s truly innovative in society and in education?” and “What do we, as a global society, really need to know and be able to do in order to be successful and productive citizens?” I think that’s my lifelong design challenge.  Feel free to contact me anytime:  sarabeth@inspiredbyblank.com