Thaddeus Squire

Founder & Managing Director, Culture Works

Thaddeus has been hailed as a visionary voice in the contemporary arts by David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia in 2011. He has also received Philadelphia City Paper’s “Big Vision Issue Choice Awards ‘09” for his work as founder of Hidden City Philadelphia. As a curator, consultant, writer, and producer, Thaddeus has worked across a wide variety of disciplines, from history and heritage to the fine and performing arts. His particular interest is in building creative collaborations and new models for resource sharing for the cultural and creative industries. Following fundraising and artistic work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and contemporary music presenter Relâche, Thaddeus founded Peregrine Arts in 2005 with two business areas, multidisciplinary producing and management consulting. In 2010, Peregrine was converted into the management services organization, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, which offers shared space and services to the arts and heritage fields. Hidden City Philadelphia, which was incubated under Peregrine, became its own organization in 2011. In 2013, Thaddeus founded CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, an affiliate of CultureWorks, which is a shared nonprofit administrative platform for projects and organizations, and is the first of its kind serving arts and heritage.

In addition to having served as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, he lectures extensively on cultural policy and practice. Thaddeus has a degree in music from Princeton University with a concentration in the history and philosophy of science and was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He also holds an orchestral conducting degree from the Leipziger Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.” He has served on numerous artistic and funding panels, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia Chapter), Delaware Division of the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Thaddeus has been a 2013 and 2014 delegate to the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange of the Pennsylvania Economy League and is a member of The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Russell Byers Charter School (Philadelphia), and is a board member of American Nonprofits (San Francisco), which is dedicated to developing new models for finance and risk management for the charitable sector. Thaddeus also is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Generocity.org (Philadelphia) and the Advisory Board of the social impact real estate development organization American Communities Trust (ACT), headquartered in Baltimore.