Cole Godvin

MA Candidate

Art Education

Community-Based Programs Track

Research Interests

  • Arts programming in master-planned communities
  • New urbanism and community programming
  • Creative placemaking
  • Digital technology and musuem engagement


BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gallatin School, New York University


Cole comes to UT-Austin from the Bay Area where she taught English and journalism and supervised student communications at the Nueva School in San Mateo. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Art Education at UT-Austin in the Community-based Programs track while completing a portfolio program in Museum Studies. Prior to graduate school, Cole taught in leading innovative independent schools and public schools in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York. She has also worked as an independent arts journalist, and as a photo editor at the L.A. Times. Her master’s thesis focuses on arts programming in master-planned communities, and she is excited about any research that demonstrates how the arts can be utilized to foster social connections and build a communal sense of belonging within regional districts. In addition to her academic interests she is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Blanton Museum and working as a UT-sponsored intern with the Austin-based creative placemaking firm Public City. In her downtime she may be found walking the three-mile loop at Townlake with her small and scrappy pup or enjoying one of Austin’s many family-friendly events with her partner, Rick, and young daughter, Sidonie.

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