Melissa Richardson Banks specializes in creating meaningful partnerships between companies and causes. Since 2001, through CauseConnect, she has provided consulting services nationwide to clients on projects in the arts, education, and the environment. As Downtown Muse, she is also a photographer who captures and shares images of everyday life. She now hosts and produces a podcast called MUSED: LA 2 HOU.
CauseConnect offers services that result in deliverables such as grants (writing, editing, reviewing); plans (fundraising, strategic, grantmaking, marketing), workshops (training, professional development), awareness (social media, public relations, event marketing), and productions (public programs, special events, museum exhibitions, festivals, concerts).
CauseConnect clients range from museums and galleries to school and public libraries, government agencies to nonprofits, art organizations to community groups, major corporations to small businesses, art collectors to artists, media to art fairs. We have experience working on projects for these clients in the visual and performing arts, education, environment, and community.
CauseConnect has produced and marketed over 100 museum exhibitions in addition to numerous collector events, art talks, youth art programs, community festivals, artisan markets, product launches, concerts, art fairs, art auctions, galas, award dinners, outdoor art tours, artist studio visits, art books, marketing campaigns, grant programs for teachers and schools, and other projects.