Megan Matthews received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Master of Arts-Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is currently teaching Arts Management and World of the Arts courses, after serving as the Director of Advancement for the College of Arts and Communication for several years, at UW-Whitewater.
Matthews has served on the board of the Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts (WALA), and served on their finance, membership and nominating committees as well as the executive committee. Through WALA, Matthews has been involved in the ArtsPeers Advisory network, a peer consulting program which matches established local arts agency administrators with Wisconsin arts organizations for technical assistance. Since 1995, consultancies have included many strategic planning and visioning sessions with arts organizations across the state. Matthews has also been a guest speaker on networking and pursuing a career in the arts, and with a partner consultant she completed an arts assessment and plan for the Portage County Arts Alliance.
In 1998, Matthews worked extensively on Sesquicentennial-related projects for the Wisconsin Arts Board and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, including the 1st Governor’s Cultural Congress, Wisconsin Folklife Festival and the Sesquicentennial Archaeology/Historic Preservation Week. She has served on peer-review panels for various Wisconsin Arts Board Grants programs, and currently works with the Cultural Facilities Assistance grant program as an ArtsPeer, facilitating organizational and community assessments.
Matthews worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources doing communication and education work. She also worked with the Consortium of Milwaukee Presenters on an arts in education and outreach needs assessment, identifying national models for collaborative educational/outreach programming and creating a model for collaborative programming applicable to the local arts environment. In addition, Matthews worked with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Artists Series and as Executive Director of the Council for the Performing Arts in Jefferson Wisconsin. While with the Council, Matthews was involved in the statewide peer network, the Wisconsin Presenters Network (WPN).