Sue Schardt

I am a media strategist and transformational leader experienced at working with talent to instigate culture change.

I’m at a turning point in my work, recently deciding to leave an exciting and demanding job after 12 years, and immersing myself — for the first time — in my own, personal creative work.   I’m grateful to be able to take an extended sabbatical and the time to explore some interesting new directions.

I was one of 30 artists featured in a recent exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, One Day at a Time, Manny Farber and Termite Art. It’s curator Helen Molesworth’s brilliant homage to the legendary film critic, teacher, painter and his concept  of termite art (1962).  I produced a continuous stream of  music and spoken work programming — both live and pre-produced loops — delivered directly into the museum gallery from October through March.

I was commissioned by the Mystical Theology Conference to create an installation for their annual conference, and worked with artists Deb Todd Wheeler, Natalie Surmeli, and Masery Studios on a Into Becoming, turning a dance studio into a space of quietude and contemplation.

You can follow my Instagram playlists (embedded above) @ITMOTO.listen.  You can listen on MixCloud or, if you’re in Boston, you can hear me live on alternative Wednesdays In the Margin from 4-5:30pET. 

My most recent public-facing work has been leading AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, an engaged and ubiquitous network of audio-centric talent.  My passion and focus over the last decade has been to create conditions where gifted, diverse, talent can do their best work and open the way for producers can bring their generosity, brilliance, and vision to their craft. I learned that, when we’re successful with that part of it, talent rises and leads us through change.

In 2010, we launched the first in a series of national productions, Localore. Hundreds of independent, station-based, and community producers the first in a series of a pop-up network, taking up to a year to explore and create new/nascent approaches to making stories.  Localore producers are pioneering new paths for public media stations to get closer to more people in their communities. Their work continues to evolve and grow.

I’ve had the immense honor of working with hundreds of amazing, passionate, beautiful people who inspire others to be bold and take risks. Together, we’ve reached millions of people with our work and made thousands of stories distributed via broadcast, social, and “street” or community-based platforms.

My life is enriched by this talent, the work they make, and the new trails they blaze.

This site is a work in progress. You’ll find links to my media work, various media studies I’ve been involved with, speeches, musing, and more.   I present across U.S. public media and overseas, including at the 2017 3D Journalism Conference in Moscow, the Australian Centre for Moving Image’s Co-Creative Communities forum, NEA’s National Council meeting, the European Radio Features “think tank” in Leipzig, and the FCC’s Future of Media in the Digital Age. I was a member of a delegation of advisors to the National Public Broadcasting Corporation of the Ukraine in 2015 at a time when they were trying, with some desperation, to navigate Russia’s disruptive dis-information campaign. We had no idea at the time that we’d be confronted with some of the same challenges back home just a year later.

Life continues to unfold!   Read, absorb, reach out!

  • Sue Schardt, 10-14-18