Cynthia Mullis

cynthiamullis.com/design | cynthia-at-cynthiamullis.com | 206-675-8934 | Seattle, WA

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— Objective —

I am seeking opportunities in graphic/web design, communications, public relations, arts & education marketing, writing, photography and music. I am interested in all aspects of content and design for print and web.

— Education and Training—

Certificate, Strategic Communications & Public Relations
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (in progress)
Certificate, Web Design — Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA
AAAS Degree, Graphic Design — Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA
Certificate, Nonprofit Arts Management University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master of Arts, Jazz Performance — Queens College, New York, NY
Bachelor of Music Performance — University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

— Professional Experience —

Public Relations Specialist
Department of Dance, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 2017-present

  • Manage communications, public relations and marketing strategies for the UW Department of Dance.
  • Research, write, and edit concert promotional materials.
  • Design and create concert posters, postcards, ads, flyers and related promotional materials.
  • Coordinate production and distribution of direct marketing pieces.
  • Manage and maintain department website.
  • Implement and maintain social media strategy to promote the UW Department of Dance.
  • Manage and maintain large mailing list of dance patrons, donors, subscribers, and UW constituents.
  • Coordinate all aspects of ticketing with the ArtsUW Ticket Office and Meany Center.
  • Keep statistical data on ticket sales and social media.
  • Cultivate and maintain media contacts.
  • Pitch and write stories and press releases for UW and community media.
  • Integrate communication strategy with ArtsUW, College of Arts & Sciences, UMAC and UW News.

Content and Design
Freelance, Seattle, WA, 2006-present

  • Clients include The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Cascade Bicycle Club, Origin Arts, Tangent Construction, Gender Diversity, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Music Works Northwest, Burke Museum, and others.
  • Create websites, brochures, posters, programs, books and marketing collateral for non-profits, schools, and small businesses.
  • Create written content, photography, and graphic design for web and print projects.
  • Analyze client and user needs to develop content, communication and design strategy for projects.
  • Create information architecture, wireframes, prototypes and UX/UI designs for client web sites.
  • Manage hosting, domain registration, database and server interaction for client web sites.
  • Design and develop custom WordPress themes for web sites using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, and PHP.
  • Design, develop and produce web sites using standards compliant XHTML/HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, and basic PHP for production, test, launch and maintenance of sites.
  • Utilize Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat) for all phases of web and print projects.

Web Designer
eLearning Department, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA, 2008-2010

  • Designed, developed and maintained web sites for eLearning Department used by a campus of 13,247 students and over 1000 faculty, staff and administrative personnel.
  • Developed, updated and maintained eLearning web content for student and faculty web sites.
  • Worked with eLearning team to support instructor-led and web-based training.
  • Applied principles of online learning and instructional design methodologies to website content.
  • Redesigned and updated tables-based web site to XHTML/CSS standards compliant code.
  • Redesigned information architecture to create a cohesive user experience.
  • Utilized Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and SharePoint to create and maintain web site.
  • Utilized proactive problem solving methods to constructively handle unexpected problems.
  • Managed relationship with school IT department to integrate department site into larger school site.

Graphic Designer
Spindrift Art and Literary Journal, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA, 2006-2008

  • Designed, created and managed production of 116-page, award-winning college art and literary journal.
  • Worked as Art/Layout Editor, Typography/Layout Designer, and Managing Editor for three issues.
  • Designed and produced book cover, typography and layout using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Managed literary, artistic and promotional elements of journal.
  • Produced a book within tight budget and deadline constraints.
  • Worked independently and as a manager of a 12-person team.
  • Worked with printer on pre-press preparation and print production.

Graphic Designer
All About Jazz Seattle, Seattle, WA, 2005­-2010

  • Created layout and design of a bi-monthly, 16-page promotional newspaper for Origin Records,a nationally recognized, award-winning jazz record label based in Seattle.
  • Utilized Adobe Creative Suite to format text, edit photos, and create publication layout and design.
  • Wrote and created photos, articles, reviews and concert listings for web and print publication.

Professional Musician
San Francisco, New York, Seattle, 1987-present

  • Provided professional music services to a wide variety of clients, venues and audiences.
  • Utilized strong interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communications skills to teach private lessons, music workshops, and clinics to children, teenagers and adults.
  • Wrote grants and received funding for musical projects, including a Jack Straw Artist Support Grant and the Music Educators Resource Program at Music Works Northwest.
  • Performed music in settings ranging from busking in Times Square to Teatro Zinzanni, The Big Apple Circus, Diva Jazz Orchestra, numerous weddings and corporate events, performances with ensembles at the Kennedy Center, Jazz Alley, Tula’s, Benaroya, Triple Door, Bumbershoot, and jazz festivals in Peru, Europe, Canada and the U.S.
  • Please visit Analog Honking Device for complete biography and music samples.

— Interests and Activities —

Jazz & world music, saxophone, photography, writing, travel, Spanish, stand-up comedy, fitness, and triathlon: biking, swimming, running.