Sally Gaskill became Director of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) in 2012, following four years as the project's Associate Director. Based at Indiana University, SNAAP is the nation's largest source of information about arts graduates of North American universities. Since 2008, SNAAP has collected and analyzed data from over 140,000 people with arts degrees from about 300 institutions.
Sally's career has encompassed community arts leadership, grantmaking and advocacy, and she has focused on creating better environments for artists. She served as executive director of two local arts councils, in Rochester, New York (1990s) and Bloomington, Indiana (2000s) and is credited with increasing staffing, funding, and programs and services for artists and arts organizations at both agencies. Previous posts include executive director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and staff positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities and New Hampshire State Council for the Arts. Through her consulting practice she has evaluated over 100 arts organizations for the National Endowment for the Arts, developed cultural plans and taught cultural policy at the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.
A past president of the Indiana Coalition for the Arts, she currently chairs the City of Bloomington Arts Commission and remains active in arts advocacy on the local, state and national levels. She serves on the board of Arts Schools Network, the national organization that serves arts school leaders. She is a member of the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council and community advisory board for WTIU public television. Sally is a musician and performs with Voces Novae, a chamber choir. She received a B.A. in History from Colorado College and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University.