Ryan Ander-Evans is a researcher and artist. He specializes in consulting projects that focus on the arts, culture and disability, and has a lot of experience with qualitative and participatory methods. Ryan has a master’s degree in applied anthropology and community arts from the University of London – Goldsmiths College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and theater from St. Olaf College. They have completed additional graduate-level coursework in strategic planning, participatory research, and nonprofit financial management.
In addition to their work at Wilder, Ryan is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, whose mission is to use the power of the creative arts to amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. He runs Recreation Arts, a participatory music group that recreates “aging” as an opportunity for connection and creative exploration. They also recently partnered with the St. David’s Society of Minnesota to create Today’s Harlech, a participatory art project that explores Welshness in Minnesota through singing, writing, and storytelling.
When not consulting or doing participatory art, Ryan spends his time with his partner and their tuxedo cat and retired greyhound. Please visit Ryan’s website for more information about the intersections of their research and arts work.
- Evans, R. (Winter 2022). Taut threads, spanning ambivalences: Lessons from disability arts practitioners about how to make sense of arts-based social change. FIELD: Socially Engaged Art Criticism, 20. http://field-journal.com/issue-20/taut-threads-spanning-ambivalences-lessons-from-disability-arts-practitioners-about-how-to-make-sense-of-arts-based-social-change