Ryan Evans is an organizational consultant and participatory artist. He specializes in consulting projects that focus on the arts, culture, and community development, with particular expertise in qualitative and participatory methods. He has a master’s degree in applied anthropology and community arts from the University of London – Goldsmiths College and bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and theatre from St. Olaf College. He has completed additional graduate level coursework in organizational planning, participatory research, and nonprofit financial management.
Ryan’s work is grounded by the shared idea of “fieldwork” in both research and the arts; he is energized by expansive conceptualizations of data and artful approaches to collecting, managing, and analyzing it. Most recently, Ryan was commissioned by St. David's Society of Minnesota to reimagine a traditional Welsh folk song for voice and electronics. Members of St. David's participated in the project by singing, writing, and sharing stories about their Welsh heritage. The project culminated in a series of music videos that showcase how Welsh culture has continued and evolved in Minnesota.
When not consulting with organizations or facilitating participatory art projects, Ryan spends his time playing board games, biking throughout the Twin Cities, and pursuing his personal sound art practice.