Kristian Otten

Senior Analyst

Kristian has been serving the arts and cultural sector in a variety of capacities since 2013, and has worked with AMS Planning & Research since 2017. Kristian has a keen interest in facilitating the complex and expanding intersections between the not-for-profit and public sectors, and commercial entertainment.

What is most significant about the work that you do?

AMS has the distinct privilege of being at the vanguard of growth and change in communities, as the arts have a prominent voice in community development. It is significant to me to know that the goal of our work is to support not only artists, but the sustainable progress of an entire community ecosystem.

What are the changes that you see most impacting the sector today?

One particularly exciting trend is the partnerships being formed between not-for-profit/municipal organizations and commercial content providers. In an effort to reach broader audiences and diversify their revenues, many entities are investigating the creation of flexible-form spaces to be programmed with a wide variety of content. This exciting wave of developments is poised to foster a new generation of audiences.

Who are your most recent clients?

Most recently I have had the privilege of working on a number of feasibility studies for new arts and event venues in a diversity of community contexts, including new developments in Punta Gorda, FL; Hurricane, UT; and Albuquerque, NM.

What do you do in your spare time?

In addition to my role at AMS, I serve as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Covenant Church of Easton, Connecticut. In the remaining spare time I enjoy participating in triathlons and watersports. These extracurricular activities have taken a backseat as my wife and I welcomed our firstborn child in January 2020!

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