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Carrie Hearns

Grant Writer
Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Carrie comes to Elevate after five years of living abroad in the Republic of Ireland. Before her time in Ireland, she trained as an actor in the Meisner and Method disciplines in New York City, working primarily in theater, commercials, and print. During this time, Carrie also worked at some of New York City’s finest dining and event establishments, giving her an excellent foundation in customer service. She is passionate about equality, social justice, and the soft power of arts and culture and is excited to be a part of an organization whose clientele reflects these passions.

Upon moving to Ireland in 2016, Carrie earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American College Dublin. She then worked as a Community Lead for a start-up organization and was a Client Services Professional in the corporate sector. 

She eventually aligned her work experiences with her personal values and enrolled in the Master of Arts program at the University College Dublin to earn a degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, where she graduated with honors. Her research focused on arts funding in the EU and arts engagement with migrants, asylums seekers, and underserved populations during this time. 

She has volunteered with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and while in Dublin, she participated in multiple fundraising campaigns for Woman’s Aid and the Mater Hospital.

When she is not working, you can find her traveling, attending gigs, trying to master new recipes, and spending time with friends and family. 

What is your hidden talent?

Getting people to share their deepest, darkest secrets with me. It's not intentional it just kind of happens.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

Most likely a question mark. I have an insatiable curiosity about the world and value experiences that challenge me and encourage personal growth.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Using 'text speak' instead of spelling out the words. It drives me crazy! I can't do it.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Spending time in nature when the weather is nice or taking in the local cultural institutions followed by a long lunch or early dinner with friends. I also try to get some meal prep for the week done if I can.

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