Senior Director of Programs and Public Engagement
Scott filled a new position at the American Craft Council as the senior director of programs and public engagement in 2019. He was lured to ACC by the organization’s new expansive vision to increase engagement with more diverse audiences and build stronger collaborations both locally and nationally. Scott has extensive national and international experience managing nonprofit organizations in the educational, cultural, and arts sectors. Most recently, Scott was the director of exhibitions, collections, and programs at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (2012 – 2018), where he played an integral role in the organization’s transformation from a traditional cultural heritage museum into a vibrant and relevant arts and cultural resource for diverse communities and contemporary issues. Prior to his time at the American Swedish Institute, he spent ten long winters in Grand Marais, Minnesota giving shape to the then fledgling North House Folk School as both the program director and communication coordinator (1999 – 2010). He has also held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the International Council of Museums, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Scott holds a master’s degree in museum studies with an emphasis on audience evaluation in informal learning environments from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of arts in anthropology and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.