About Benvenuti Arts

 

Benvenuti Arts is a small and mighty team, just like yours, allowing us to keep our rates affordable and response time quick. Headed by Founder, Sarah Benvenuti, Benvenuti Arts partners bring together expertise in fundraising, management, producing, administration, marketing, sales, and more. What this means is if you have a need, chances are, we have a solution. Contact us for a free, 30 minute consultation to see for yourself.

Sarah Benvenuti, Founder & Lead Consultant

Sarah Benvenuti has worked in arts and culture for over 15 years, gaining experience across the country in theater, dance, film, education, and other cultural fields. She has worked with over 100 small arts organizations and individual artists, assisting them with fundraising, financial, administrative, planning, and interim needs.

Benvenuti began her career as Director of Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. Before founding Benvenuti Arts, she served as Special Events Manager of Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Managing Director of Curious Theater Company in Denver, Colorado; and Director of Development and Interim Managing Director of The Civilians in Brooklyn, NY. Having consulted with small organizations and individual artists since 2011, she founded Benvenuti Arts in 2014 with the goal of helping small and mighty organizations build up the operational support needed to create and produce their work.

Benvenuti earned her B.M. in Music Education (piano and voice) from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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She has served on the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association Board in Denver, CO; on the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College Alumni Association Board; and was Chair of the Future Tenant Alumni Association, based out of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Benvenuti has participated in the Arts Leadership Institute of the New York Arts and Business Council and Impact Denver of the Denver Metro Chamber, and was an inaugural Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow. She has been a guest lecturer for arts administration courses at Bard College, St. Lawrence University, and Mercyhurst University. She has sat on a number of grants and conference panels concerning arts management, real estate, emerging leadership, and creative partnerships.

Sarah is a digital nomad, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, and Brooklyn, NY.

Associates

Julie Hord | Benvenuti ArtsJulie Hord (Grant Writer/Associate Consultant) has worked in the arts, culture, and wellness industries for the past 10 years. She began her career as a Development Associate at Future Tenant, a space for emerging, alternative artists in Pittsburgh, PA. A year later, she and Sarah Benvenuti forged their personal and professional relationship serving as co-Directors at Future Tenant. Julie would go on to serve as Communications Officer for the world renowned Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE and Marketing Manager for Las Vegas’ professional ballet company, Nevada Ballet Theatre.

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While in Las Vegas, Julie entered the wellness industry by way of her love of Bikram Yoga. Having started practicing back in Omaha, she developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the yoga in Las Vegas. She began teaching in June 2010 after completing Bikram Yoga Teacher training, and continues her teaching career to this day. In addition to teaching, Julie has managed two Bikram studios over the past eight years in Las Vegas and Reston, VA.

Currently, Julie is a trustee in the Washington DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which awards monthly grants to individuals and their projects that aim to make DC just a little more awesome. She joined Benvenuti Arts in early 2016. Julie earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Furman University, with a focus in persuasive speech, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is classically-trained on the french horn. Julie lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, son and lovable dog.

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Barkha Patel (Associate Consultant) is an Indian Classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Barkha Dance Company (BDC). She began her formal training in Kathak at the age of eight and has been practicing for over 20 years. BDC has been commissioned to present various themed solo and group productions throughout the U.S. and India.

Catherine Vacovsky | Benvenuti ArtsCatherine Vacovsky (Marketing Coordinator) has spent more than a decade in public relations and communications, working primarily with nonprofit arts, culture, foreign affairs, environmental, and human resource institutions.

She served as the Press and Media Relations Manager at Americans for the Arts, a Public Relations Associate at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), the Public Relations Manager at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Program Manager at the American Committees on Foreign Relations. In addition, she has worked in various marketing, communications, and public relations capacities at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Catherine also serves as a freelance communications consultant for a variety of clients. To that end, she has edited a wide range of documents, including newsletters, development documents, website copy, resumes, cover letters, personal statements and essays for college and graduate school applications, screenplays, master’s theses, and marketing copy. Catherine has also volunteered her communications expertise to several arts organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Moon Orchestra in Pittsburgh.

Catherine holds a Master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Media and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in the Richmond, VA metro area with her wonderful husband and two delightful daughters.

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Benvenuti Arts is a small and mighty team, just like yours, allowing us to keep our rates affordable and response time quick. Headed by Founder, Sarah Benvenuti, Benvenuti Arts partners bring together expertise in fundraising, management, producing, administration, marketing, sales, and more. What this means is if you have a need, chances are, we have a solution. Contact us for a free, 30 minute consultation to see for yourself.

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We Work Everywhere

Though based in Brooklyn, Benvenuti Arts works in your community. With clients from California to Pennsylvania, Colorado to Idaho, we have a wealth of experience with nonprofit needs in communities across the country. We work with you to adapt our strategies to your needs, working on site or online, to keep overhead low and quality high.

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Our Staff

Sarah Benvenuti, Founder & Lead Consultant

Sarah Benvenuti has worked in arts and culture for over a decade, gaining experience across the country in theater, dance, film, education, and other cultural fields. She has worked with over 40 small arts organizations and individual artists, assisting them with fundraising, financial, administrative, planning, and interim needs.

Benvenuti began her career as Director of Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. Before founding Benvenuti Arts, she served as Special Events Manager of Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Managing Director of Curious Theater Company in Denver, Colorado; and Director of Development and Interim Managing Director of The Civilians in Brooklyn, NY. Having consulted with small organizations and individual artists since 2011, she founded Benvenuti Arts in 2014 with the goal of helping small and mighty organizations build up the operational support needed to create and produce their work.

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Benvenuti earned her B.M. in Music Education (piano and voice) from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served on the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association Board in Denver, CO and on the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College Alumni Association Board. She is currently the Chair of the Future Tenant Alumni Association, based out of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Benvenuti has participated in the Arts Leadership Institute of the New York Arts and Business Council and Impact Denver of the Denver Metro Chamber, and was an inaugural Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow. She has been a guest lecturer for arts administration courses at Bard College, St. Lawrence University, and Mercyhurst University. She has sat on a number of grants and conference panels concerning arts management, real estate, emerging leadership, and creative partnerships. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, but travels frequently, meeting artists and friends around the world.

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Associate Consultants

Julie Hord | Benvenuti ArtsJulie Hord (Grant Writer/Associate Consultant) has worked in the arts, culture, and wellness industries for the past 10 years. She began her career as a Development Associate at Future Tenant, a space for emerging, alternative artists in Pittsburgh, PA. A year later, she and Sarah Benvenuti forged their professional and personal relationship serving as co-Directors at Future Tenant. Julie would go on to serve as Communications Officer for the world renowned Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE and Marketing Manager for Las Vegas’ professional ballet company, Nevada Ballet Theatre.

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While in Las Vegas, Julie entered the wellness industry by way of her love of Bikram Yoga. Having started practicing back in Omaha, she developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the yoga in Las Vegas. She began teaching in June 2010 after completing Bikram Yoga Teacher training, and continues her teaching career to this day. In addition to teaching, Julie has managed two Bikram studios over the past eight years in Las Vegas and Reston, VA.Currently, Julie is a trustee in the Washington DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which awards monthly grants to individuals and their projects that aim to make DC just a little more awesome. She joined Benvenuti Arts in early 2016. Julie earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Furman University, with a focus in persuasive speech, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is classically-trained on the french horn. Julie lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, and dog, and is expecting their first baby in November.

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Barkha Patel (Associate Consultant) is an Indian Classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Barkha Dance Company (BDC). She began her formal training in Kathak at the age of eight and has been practicing for over 20 years. BDC has been commissioned to present various themed solo and group productions throughout the U.S. and India.

Catherine Vacovsky | Benvenuti ArtsCatherine Vacovsky (Marketing Coordinator) has spent more than a decade in public relations and communications, working primarily with nonprofit arts, culture, foreign affairs, environmental, and human resource institutions.

She served as the Press and Media Relations Manager at Americans for the Arts, a Public Relations Associate at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), the Public Relations Manager at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Program Manager at the American Committees on Foreign Relations. In addition, she has worked in various marketing, communications, and public relations capacities at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Catherine also serves as a freelance communications consultant for a variety of clients. To that end, she has edited a wide range of documents, including newsletters, development documents, website copy, resumes, cover letters, personal statements and essays for college and graduate school applications, screenplays, master’s theses, and marketing copy. Catherine has also volunteered her communications expertise to several arts organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Moon Orchestra in Pittsburgh.

Catherine holds a Master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Media and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in the Richmond, VA metro area with her wonderful husband and two delightful daughters.

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