Research & Management

Research is a design process. Creativity is an asset.

Meet our team:

Sara option 2c       Amy Hilgendorf       laurie headshot2

Sara Washbush, MFA: Principal                Amy Hilgendorf, PhD: Evaluator              Laurie Sponagle, BA: Research Assistant


  • project management
  • event planning
  • grant writing
  • research and evaluation
  • design facilitation (in coordination with graphic designers, developers, other contractors)
  • career development planning
  • export planning
  • strategic planning

Some of the types of people Sara has worked with, collaboratively or in management rolls include: designers, programmers, students, educators/evaluators, business owners, competitors, and volunteers. She has proven writing skills, including successful grants from funding bodies such as: The Ontario Trillium Fund; The Minto Foundation; The Henry White Kinnear Foundation; The Eastern Ontario Development Fund; The Ontario Arts Council.

Example 2014 Craft Ontario: Craft Export Readiness Project

There is a problem with exporting craft and art. The problem is not that there is no information on exporting out there, the problem is that there is too much information. There is a dual need: 1) for crafts practitioners to know more in advance about in development and exporting, and 2) the exporting tools they access must be efficient and relevant to their situations and constraints.

Accessing concise, user-friendly, craft-relevant information is of high value to crafts practitioners, to Craft Ontario and like organizations, and to others involved in the Canada-US craft supply chain.

Craft Ontario’s objectives for the Craft Export Readiness project, year 1 are to: consult and engage with the community, create a database as a trusted source for exporting information, and aid in production of online video tips on exporting successes in partnership with Work in Culture. The proprietory database will become a free benefit to all members of Craft Ontario.

Craft Ontario thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding this project.

Also thanks to evaluator Amy Hiligendorf, PhD.

To access the Craft Export Database, you will need to become a member of Craft Ontario. Visit Craft Ontario to explore.