Rachel Goslings is the first Director of the Arts + Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institution. She brings over 20 years of diverse experience in the creative industries, social impact, program management, law and international and domestic policy to the position, and is specifically focused on helping to develop programs and exhibits focused on helping to develop programs and exhibits focused on creativity and innovation for the building, which has lain dormant on the National Mall for more than a decade. Prior to her appointment, Rachel served as Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy, from 2009 until 2015. Under her management, the Committee launched three major national initiatives in education and cultural diplomacy, facilitated significant private investment in the arts and humanities, and spearheaded a successful campaign to use high-profile artists, actors and musicians as advocates for the arts education.
Significant projects include launching Turnaround Arts, the first federally-led public/private partnership to bring arts education to a group of the country’s lowest-performing elementary schools, in coordination with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and the Ford Foundation. Also helped create Film Forward, a film-based cultural diplomacy program in partnership with the Sundance Institute and the State Department, the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s top honor for youth poets, and the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, a multi-lateral effort with Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO and the State Department to rescue, recover and restore Haitian artwork, artifacts, and documents damaged or endangered by the earthquake and its aftermath.
Previously, Rachel founded a documentary production company, directing feature documentaries and working on productions for the Public Broadcasting Service, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and History. She also served as the Director of the Independent Digital Distribution Lab, a joint PBS/ITVS project. Rachel began her career working with the creative industries as an international copyright attorney with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and the U.S. Copyright Office. She received her B.A. in English Literature and her J.D. from UCLA’s School of Law. She serves on the Advisory Boards for the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond VA and the Halcyon Social Impact Incubator in Washington D.C., and is a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.