Alicia Anstead is an arts and culture reporter, editor, consultant and educator. She has also written about politics, health, education, the environment and, in 2003, reported from Iraq. Her work focuses on producing effective and lively storytelling across platforms and building bridges between artists and audiences.
As editor-in-chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, DC, Alicia works with some of the top journalists in the country. In addition to writing and editing, she has led strategic planning retreats for board members, facilitated town-hall discussions, adjudicated fellowship programs, co-produced programming at conferences and hosted onstage conversations with world-class artists and cultural leaders.
During the academic year, Alicia teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, oversees the Harvard Arts Beat blog for the Office for the Arts and is the voice of Harvard arts on Twitter. An award-winning writer, Alicia was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and is also a National Arts Journalism fellow with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the National Endowment for the Arts Cultural Editor Program at Duke University.
Alicia earned her undergraduate degree in literature and secondary education at American University in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in English at the University of Maine at Orono.