John Kreidler began his career as an analyst of Federal jobs programs at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget during the Nixon Administration. After attending the Arts Management Program at UCLA, he served as Executive Director of the Alameda County Neighborhood Arts Program, COO of the San Francisco Art Institute, Senior Program Executive for Arts and Humanities of the San Francisco Foundation, and Executive Director of Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley. Now retired, he spends his time growing water lilies, welding sculptures, and suppressing wild fires for the Salmon Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Medici’s Lever is an internet-based, interactive application co-designed by Kreidler and Steve Peterson. Through a series of three modules, the simulation models the processes by which people acquire cultural knowledge, engage in cultural practices, and consume professionally produced cultural goods and services. On the GIA Guest Blog, Krielder will provide an introduction to the software and offer GIA members the opportunity to ask questions, offer criticisms, and suggest alternatives.