As executive director of ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) since August 2014, Laurie Baefsky works to define emerging fields, demonstrating the value of the arts throughout the research university, and facilitating innovative arts partnerships. She previously served as grants manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and from 2007-11 Dr. Baefsky established the USU ArtsBridge program at Utah State University, an arts-based interdisciplinary engaged learning initiative. A skilled grant writer herself, she has raised over $5.3 million in arts funding, and is currently PI on the Mellon Foundation-supported a2ru research initiative, SPARC — Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula. Laurie began as a classical flutist, with degrees in flute performance from Stony Brook University, University of Michigan, and California State University, Fullerton. She has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony, and as a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony.