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Karen Chandler

College of Charleston
Director, Graduate Certificate in Arts & Cultural Management
Charleston, SC
KAREN CHANDLER is Associate Professor of Arts Management and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management at the College of Charleston. Chandler is also Co-Founder/Principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a jazz history and research project that documents the careers of South Carolina musicians who helped shape jazz history in America and Europe. With a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a 22-piece big band, she was Executive Producer of LEGENDS (2011), a CD of songs by musicians the initiative is studying. Her most recent publication is “Bin Yah (Been Here): Africanisms and Jazz Influences in Gullah Culture” in Jazz @ 100: An Alternative to a Story of Heroes (Frankfurt: Wolke Verlag). Chandler serves on a variety of boards with the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and Charleston-based organizations including the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston Gaillard Center, and the Commission on the Arts for the City of Charleston, an appointment by the Mayor of Charleston, John Tecklenburg.