Tom Aageson is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting creative and cultural entrepreneurs through advocacy, enterprise resources, training, and technical assistance.
Tom previously served as the Executive Director of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF), a private foundation. During his tenure at MNMF he launched New Mexico Creates! a highly successful program purchasing art from New Mexico artists and generating over $7million in sales for the museums of New Mexico. Tom is a Co-founder of the renowned Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, now in its 9th year. Additionally, Tom has authored several texts on cultural enterprise development and creative tourism.
Aageson created the Santa Fe Cultural Leaders group, led the economic development planning for Santa Fe’s arts and cultural industries and has worked with the UNESCO Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries. He also chaired the formation of Creative Santa Fe and is the Co-Founder of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. He is a cultural entrepreneur himself having created the Maritime Art Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, a print and book publishing venture (Mystic Maritime Graphics), several mission related food enterprises, and New Mexico Creates.
Email: tom [at] culturalentrepreneur.org
In 2007 I helped found the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship so I could combine my passion for creating thriving cultural communities, addressing economic challenges, and building successful enterprises. I love working with cultural entrepreneurs – they are bold, resourceful, and bring innovation into our lives.
I hold a Masters in Business and a PhD in Communication and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Mexico.
Living in Santa Fe allows me to soak up culture and engage with cultural enterprises at every turn…Santa Fe is ground zero for cultural entrepreneurship thought leadership, policy development and markets.
Email: alice [at] culturalentrepreneur.org
Selena is Training and Outreach Coordinator of GCCE’s programs, including the Agritourism Corridor project. She travels the northern reaches of New Mexico meeting with farmers and agricultural producers, finding authentic experiences for travelers curious about our state’s rich agricultural history.
Selena holds a Masters Degree in Education from New Mexico State University and has lived and worked in California, Belize, and New Mexico.
Email: selena [at] culturalentrepreneur.org
Bennie – or Jayare – is originally from Prewitt, New Mexico. Growing up on the Navajo Nation, Bennie’s first language is Diné (Navajo). As Program Manager of Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC), Bennie is leading the compilation of a nationwide network of tribal and non-Native leaders, architects, builders, and designers. SNCC supports community development programs that embrace and build from cultural assets and knowledge to create culturally aligned developments that generate cultural, ecological, and economic sustainability.
Email: bennie [at] culturalentrepreneur.org
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