Surale Phillips


Surale Phillips has provided research and consulting services for the arts for more than 25 years. Her focus is on audience development, community engagement, and evaluation of the social and economic impact of arts programs. Her more than 150 clients have included dozens of presenting organizations from coast to coast, arts festivals, small and large producing organizations in all disciplines, as well as service organizations, municipalities, and foundations.

Surale’s presenting engagements have included Americans for the Arts National Convention, the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards, South Carolina Arts Commission/University of South Carolina, Southeastern Conference on Foundations, Midwest Council on Philanthropy, Kentucky Arts Presenters, San Diego Commission on Cultural Affairs, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the American Folklore Society, among others.

She served on the Major Grants panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2015-16 and has served on the Montana State Arts Council Cultural and Aesthetic Grants Committee for six cycles.