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Seth Beattie

Senior Program Officer

Arts & Culture

Seth Beattie is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program. He helps advance the program’s goal of using Creative Placemaking to integrate arts, culture and community-engaged design into development and urban planning. His responsibilities include reviewing grant requests, making recommendations for funding and managing a portfolio of grants.

He joined Kresge in the spring of 2017, after 13 years working at the intersection of arts and community development. He is founder of Spire + Base, a consulting firm advising nonprofits in the development of Creative Placemaking strategies, and has worked extensively with community development corporations, arts organizations and funders.

A graduate of Franklin College in Indiana, Seth earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in political science and public relations. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.


Areas of Specialty

Arts & Culture

Community development

Creative placemaking and equity

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