Erin Hoppe

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Erin Hoppe

Barnett Fellow

Areas of Expertise

  • Arts advocacy
  • Cultural Accessibility
  • Nonprofit management


  • 2009, MA, Arts Policy and Administration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2003, BA, Economics, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Erin J. Hoppe is passionate about facilitating connections and lifelong learning through accessible creativity. She is an advocate, researcher, administrator, and educator. Hoppe enters the PhD program in Arts Administration, Education, and Cultural Policy at The Ohio State University in August 2019 to explore the intersections of cultural policy, education, and accessibility. She has a Masters in Arts Administration and Policy from the same department (2009) and B.A. in Economics with a minor in Art History from University of California San Diego (2003).

Hoppe spent 11+ years at VSA Ohio, a statewide nonprofit making the arts and arts education accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities and their support networks. As the longest tenured executive director in its history, she grew VSAO’s reputation as the go-to organization for arts and disability, the annual budget 33%, and innovative programs such as ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus, Arts and Autism Initiative, and Cultural Accessibility Consultations. Arts education and cultural access studies under her direction have advanced the national fields. Past professional experiences include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Smithsonian Institution, and American Institutes for Research. 

Hoppe has trained thousands of professionals across the country on many facets of accessibility in cultural organizations and educational settings. She has taught two courses as Adjunct Faculty at The Ohio State University focused on cultural sectors and audience development, and has guest lectured at multiple colleges. Speaking opportunities include 89.7 WOSU radio and Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education. Her publications are included in the Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education (2018) and Americans for the Arts blog series’.

Hoppe is Vice Chair of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association and a Certified Tourism Ambassador. She was a Fellow in the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders program (2013) and Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Emerging Arts Leader (2013). You can often find her working on a home improvement project or bird watching.

Research Interests

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Research → Practice
  • Accessibility
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Cultural Policy
  • Professional Development