Director of Grant Coordination and Entrepreneurship, School of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
David Holland, Director of Grant Coordination and Entrepreneurship in the School of the Arts, guides and counsels faculty through the development and submission of proposals for national and international grants, fellowships and awards, manages internal grants programs for faculty and students, and collaborates with other faculty and administrators on the development of a new curriculum in creative entrepreneurship. David also teaches ARTS 350 The Creative Economy in the creative entrepreneurship program, which examines the economics of arts and design fields.
Prior to his current position, David worked in fund development in the arts and culture field after returning to the US in 2010. David lived and worked in London, England from 2002-2010, establishing expertise in arts research and creative entrepreneurship. He began his career at the London consulting firm, BOP Consulting, where he became a Senior Consultant leading strategy and research projects for national and international clients including Arts Council England, the British Council, the UK Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, the European Cultural Foundation, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
David went on to serve as a Learning Manager for the UK innovation funder NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts), where he worked across Programs and Policy and Research teams on program and research design and program evaluation. He later joined Arts & Business as a Commercial Consultant where he worked to establish a commercial consulting practice serving FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of New York Mellon and American Express. His last UK assignment was as a Strategy and Development Consultant for B3 Media, a media and talent development company, where he worked with artists on developing and securing funding for innovative creative projects that test new uses for technology and new modes of audience engagement.
David has also conducted significant research and program evaluation related to arts education, and his work in this area was published in The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning in 2011. His research on other topics related to cultural policy and arts development has been published by Arts Council England and the British Council, an international cultural relations agency. He is a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and a member of the research committee of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities. He was recently admitted into the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Evan Carroll Commager Fellow, and his education includes MA degrees in international studies and art history from University of London, SOAS and a BA in economics from Amherst College.