Staff

Executive

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royal alley-barnes

(She/Her)
Acting Director

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royal.alley-barnes@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7173

royal alley-barnes, Acting Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, believes in people, purpose and place. A passionate advocate, activist, and placemaker, as well as practicing artist, she has made elevating the arts her life’s path for half a century.

As a cultural placemaker, she has established a number of significant award-winning public programs as well as major private-public partnerships for performing and visual arts non-profits across Seattle. She is the recipient of numerous honors for her dedicated civic ideation and engagement throughout the Seattle landscape. Her lived experiences in the arts include teaching IVA (Interdisciplinary Visual Arts), Art History, and Studio Arts, at private and public schools, colleges, and universities.

alley-barnes received her B.A., B.S. and MAT from the University of Washington where she currently serves on the School of Art, Architecture and Design Advisory Commission.

Maritza Rivera

Maritza Rivera

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Deputy Director
maritza.rivera2@seattle.gov
206-684-7306

Maritza Rivera comes to ARTS with a career spent in both the government and the non-profit worlds, including serving as Hispanic Liaison in the White House for President Bill Clinton, working as a former staffer responsible for ARTS in the previous Mayor's Office and tenure in the Seattle City Council Administration. Her work with a number of non-profit organizations including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union reflects her passion for equity and justice for communities.

Maritza has a law degree from Fordham Law School and received a B.A. from Skidmore College.  She is a proud native of the Bronx and lives in Seattle with her spouse and two teenage daughters.

Maritza also speaks Spanish and Italian.

Allie

Allie Lee

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Executive Assistant
allie.lee@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9378

Allie is Executive Assistant to the Director and Department Liaison to the Seattle Arts Commission. Prior to joining the Office of Arts & Culture, Allie worked at the Office of Film + Music and supported the Seattle Music Commission. Allie holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has created hybrid artworks that mix found objects with digital media and performance. She also runs a small leather design studio with her husband and participates in local craft markets.

Allie also speaks Korean.

Communications and Outreach

Erika Lindsay

Erika Lindsay

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Chief Communications Officer
erika.lindsay@seattle.gov

(206) 684-4337

Prior to joining the communications team, Erika worked as a media and community relations professional at arts groups for more than 12 years including the Smithsonian, Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum. Originally hailing from the sultry suburbs of Washington, D.C. Erika graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A. in English. She is happiest in the Pacific Northwest working in the arts and enjoying the liquid sunshine with her family.

Otts Bolisay

Ronald "Otts" Bolisay

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Digital Media Specialist
otts.bolisay@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9591

Fourteen years of social justice work has attuned Otts to the rhythms of stories and how they can move us to action. Blogs were the newest form of social media back then, and Otts trained the Seattle contingent of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride to document and share their cross-country journey with the family and supporters they left behind.

Technology planning and strategic communications led to electronic advocacy and movement building, where Otts learned that all the shiny promise of emerging online platforms meant nothing without mobilizing grassroots participation. Along with video production, he began exploring other visual communications like graphic design, comics and most recently, animation.

Otts has seen first-hand the critical role art plays in social change and is excited to learn, experience and share stories from Seattle's vibrant arts community.

April Jingco

April Jingco

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Communications Specialist
april.jingco@seattle.gov
(206) 308-4356

April Jingco is a Filipina-American marketing and communications professional based in Seattle. Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, April moved to Seattle in 2013 to attend Seattle University, where she received a BA in Strategic Communications. Her passion for arts and culture led her to work alongside local organizations including Seattle Theatre Group, MoPOP, Napster, Sub Pop Records, Artist Home, and — most recently — Northwest Folklife. April also loves to support local artists and creatives through freelance work in social media, brand management, and photography.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Arts and Culture for Anti-Racism and the Community Advisory Board for KEXP.

Outside of work, April loves attending local shows, growing her vinyl collection, and taking care of her over-abundant indoor plants.

April also speaks Tagalog.

Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar

Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar

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Impact & Assessment Manager
Mytoan.Nguyen-Akbar@seattle.gov

(206) 256-5366

Mytoan Nguyen-Akbar, PhD (she/her) joined ARTS in 2017 as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow through a two-year postdoctoral grant provided by Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies. She was the first Public Fellow to be placed in the state of Washington.

Mytoan holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Australian Studies/Refugee Studies obtained during her Fulbright IIE Fellowship. She was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a previous lecturer in Policy Analysis and Communications at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Summer Institute. Mytoan is a member of the Leadership Tomorrow cohort 2020. She came to this country as a refugee/boatperson.

Mytoan also speaks Vietnamese and Spanish.

Cultural Space

S Surface

S Surface

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Strategic Investment Fund Lead
s.surface@seattle.gov

(206) 507-1831

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design, and architecture, and the Strategic Investment Fund Lead with ARTS. Previously, Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers' residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design. Trained in graphic design, photography, and entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, and with an M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, research coordinator and editor with C-LAB, Volume Architectural Journal, and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility.

King Street Station

Flossie Pennington

Flossie Pennington

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ARTS Facilities Manager
flossie.pennington@seattle.gov

(206) 256-5686

A Seattle native, Flossie is a Capitol Hiller born and raised and has always enjoyed the vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse character of the area. After spending the majority of her career in corporate, Flossie decided she wanted to do something more personally meaningful and creative with her work life. Flossie is committed to working through a race and social justice lens that will have positive impacts on inclusion and accessibility to underserved and marginalized communities.

Lovell Davis

Lovell Davis

(He/Him)
Operations Manager

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lovell.davis@seattle.gov
(206) 256-5484

Lovell Davis comes to ARTS with 10+ years in Facility Maintenance. He has an eye for creating a safe environment where the community can gather and enjoy the lives of each other and art. In his spare time, he works with youth and uses art and other avenues to build mentoring relationships. He enjoys time at the ocean with a book doing absolutely nothing or spending time in his yard.

Jenny Ku

Jenny Ku

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King Street Station Programming Lead
jenny.ku@seattle.gov
(206) 684-4186

J. Ku is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and has curated and coordinated scores of events and productions for numerous organizations and cultural centers in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond). In their role as Senior Events Coordinator for ARTS they support a wide range of internal and external events such as the Mayor's Arts Awards, Create City, Public Art Party, the grand opening of ARTS King Street Station, Hello | Goodbye: Viaduct Arts Festival, Welcome Back Seattle Events, summer concert series, and more.  

Before coming to ARTS, they helped found Burlycon and served as Director of Arts & Culture. As a visual, performing, and teaching artist, they have presented work internationally, including esteemed regional institutions such as The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, University of Washington, and Seattle Art Museum.  

Jenny also speaks Mandarin and a little Cantonese.

Teisa Fainga

Teisa Fainga

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Maintenance Laborer
(206) 684-7171

Teisa is a transplant from the Island of Tonga in the South Pacific. She is responsible for the maintenance of ARTS at King Street Station. In her spare time, she loves taking care of her three puppies, working in her yard, traveling, and volunteering. 

Teisa also speaks Tongan.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Sandra Boas-DuPree

Sandra Boas-DuPree

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Operations & Development
sandra.boas-dupree@seattle.gov

(206) 386-4608

Sandra is a native to Seattle and majored in finance and marketing at the University of Washington. After working as a contract specialist with Sedgewick Payne brokerage, where she managed multi-million dollar international accounts, she came aboard LHPAI in 2003. Her artistic lineage starts with her father, the noted jazz pianist Kenny Boas, one of Seattle's celebrated jazz-era musicians. She continues as a founding member of The Mahogany Project, a performing arts group that provides African-American's a means to be the makers and owners of their art. Her play Journey from Spruce Street premiered in the 2007 Mahogany Project's theater festival. In 2015, her play Jazz Prayer about the 1940's jazz era in Seattle premiered at Theater Off Jackson with Freehold Theater's Emboldenedplay about Buddy Bolden. Sandra's plays, including Sister Fusion and Black Label, challenge simple-minded stereotypical beliefs about African Americans and reveal her family's vanguard confrontation of racist barriers in Seattle. A social activist, her careers have always included involvement in race and social justice initiatives in both public and private sectors.

Amanda Licorish

Amanda Licorish

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Events Booking Coordinator
amanda.licorish@seattle.gov
(206) 684-4758

Amanda Licorish comes to ARTS with a background in building and program management and a Recreation Administration Degree from the University of Idaho. She has a great appreciation for the arts and has served on many committees and boards providing enriching programs to the Seattle community. She is a passionate advocate for teens, especially surrounding issues of access and equity. Licorish is volunteers on her Sorority's youth committee and enjoys being a mentor for others in her field. She is happiest when she has had an adventure, is surprised with treats, or anytime she is playing with her son Lawford.

Office Operations

Allie McGehee

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Finance Manager (OOC)
alexandra.mcgehee2@seattle.gov
206-684-8362

Allie comes to ARTS from the Office of Inspector General where she worked as the Operations Manager. Her background in City government has been centered in criminal justice and she has previously worked on projects including the design of the Community Service Office program, policy research for the Seattle Mental Health Court, and community education around Seattle Police Department's body camera policy. Allie is really excited to step out of the criminal justice space and support the work at ARTS.   

Allie has a MPA from the University of Washington and BA from the University of Maryland. She grew up outside of DC and loves to read, drink coffee, travel, and spend time with family.

Allie also speaks German.

Steven Eng

Steven Eng

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Accounting Services
steven.eng@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1825

Steven oversees the accounting operations for the office including creating general ledger journal entries, general ledger maintenance and reconciliation, accounts receivable, asset management, approving vouchers, and preparing various financial reports. He also assists in the loading of the yearly budget into the city of Seattle's financial accounting system. Prior to joining the office in 2010, Steven worked for more than 20 years in various financial institutions in Seattle as an accountant and data warehouse analyst. In his spare time, Steven enjoys watching sports, especially basketball, soccer, football, and baseball. He plays basketball every week.      

Sheila Moss

Sheila Moss

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Accounting Services
sheila.moss@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7016

Sheila has been with the office since 2009 and performs accounting and administrative duties within the city's financial system including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, and payroll, as well as some human resources duties. Sheila is also a talented vocalist and lyricist and has written, arranged, and recorded music for many years.

Alexandra Chase

Alexandra Chase

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Sr. Panel Coordinator and Data Liaison
alexandra.chase@seattle.gov
(206) 718-3430

Alexandra is a social worker with a background in racial equity consulting, policy advocacy, arts administration and fundraising, database management, and direct service with youth and families. She is inspired by the words of author and activist Arundhati Roy who once said, “another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Alexandra believes that another way of living is possible and through sustained commitment and action we can create the world we want to be a part of.

She holds a Master of Social Work with a focus on community-centered practices and values equity, social justice, compassion, collaboration, accountability, and curiosity. She approaches her work in a way that centers those most impacted by policies and programs and utilizes a community’s inherent skills and abilities to make change. Alexandra believes in the importance of understanding the systems and structures that shape society and actively working to dismantle white supremacy culture through deep personal work and the eradication of inequitable policies and practices within organizations, government entities, and our community at large.

In her personal life she loves to work with clay in her home pottery studio, go hiking, paddle boarding, camping, snag books from the Peak Picks section at the library, attend local music and art shows, and spend time with her partner and their dog, Tegan.

Margo Robb

Margo Robb

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Contract Specialist
margo.robb@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1801

Margo manages contracts for the ARTS office. She grew up in Minnesota and pursued as many avenues of performance art as she could including theater, dance, choir, and flute. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Political Science and Journalism and received her MA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. During her time there, she helped to start WXOJ-LP (Valley Free Radio) in Florence, Massachusetts.

Margo has worked in community and public radio, at numerous non-profits focused on media literacy and community building, and most recently running the TOPS K-8 afterschool program and coordinating the contracts for independent contractors working with Seattle Parks and Recreation and its non-profit organization, Associated Recreation Council. She spends most of her free time either driving her daughters around or volunteering for their various endeavors. She looks forward to returning to her own hobbies of dancing, gardening, and exploring new trails.

Margo Robb

Marshonne Walker

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Administrative Specialist
marshonne.walker@seattle.gov

Marshonne is a native Seattleite who enjoys the rain, clouds, and the sun (when it happens!) She started her career in the arts working with Seattle Youth Employment Program / Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute over 20 years ago in one of their summer musicals. She continues to sing, dance, love music, and enjoys the thrill of a good book now and again. Marshonne is still undecided with her scholastic path but is eagerly awaiting school next year!

Partnerships, Education, and Grants

Ashraf Hasham

Ashraf Hasham

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Partnerships, Education, and Grants Manager
ashraf.hasham@seattle.gov

(206) 615-1879

Ashraf oversees the City's youth investments in arts education, creative youth development, and career-connected learning. He comes to this role from The Vera Project, a homegrown, nationally-renowned, participatory, all-ages, volunteer-fueled music venue & DIY arts space at the Seattle Center, where he served as Executive Director. Prior to that, he spent time with Chicago's largest arts education provider, Urban Gateways, where he was Program Manager for Advocacy & Engagement, as well as Seattle's TeenTix, a revolutionary arts access & youth empowerment organization where he has played multiple roles over the years, most recently as Director of Partnerships & Programs.

Ashraf earned a bachelor's degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York City, and gained his chops in the editorial department at Aperture magazine, the external relations department at the Henry Art Gallery (a contemporary art museum on the University of Washington campus), and as the front-of-house manager at On the Boards (Seattle's renowned contemporary performance mainstay).

Nationally, Ashraf serves on Americans for the Arts (AFTA)'s Arts Education Advisory Council, and locally serves on the Central Waterfront Oversight Commission. His writing has appeared on AFTA's ARTSblog, The Seattle Globalist, City Arts, The Stranger, and the Staten Island Advance. Ashraf can be seen in the wild on various dance floors as well as at arts events, thrift stores, and live music venues around town.

Ashraf also speaks Urdu.

Jenny Crooks

Jenny Crooks

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ARTS Recovery Manager
jenny.crooks@seattle.gov

(206) 641-6704

Jenny Crooks brings passion and creativity to her work for supporting the cultural community and is dedicated to making funding accessible and equitable. She joined ARTS in 2012 as an Arts Program Specialist to manage the office's community-based funding programs including Neighborhood & Community Arts and smART ventures. During her years at ARTS, she has helped to develop and pilot a number of partnership programs such as Arts in Parks, Artists at the Center, Work Readiness Arts Program, and The Creative Advantage. Additionally, she has supported the City's transition to a City-wide Grants Management System. She grew up in Maryland, just outside of D.C., and was involved in the arts from an early age. She graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., with a BA in international environmental studies. After returning to D.C. she worked as a volunteer coordinator at The Studio Theatre and then as a grants specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. Jenny is also a theatre and collaborative artist and enjoys photography and the outdoors.


Jenny also speaks French and Dutch.

Elaine Ko

Elaine Ikoma Ko

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ARTS Recovery Program Specialist, Sr.
elaine.ko@seattle.gov

(206) 819-6341

Elaine Ikoma Ko is pleased to return to the City and join ARTS, having served as former Director of the Seattle Office for Women's Rights. She previously served as the first Director of the Port of Seattle's Office of Social Responsibility, Coordinator of King County's Women's Program, and the Executive Director for three nonprofits. She is also certified as a Minority Women Business Enterprise. Elaine holds a BA in communications from the University of Washington, an MBA from City University, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Seattle Rep Theatre.  

Bernita Johnson

Bernita Johnson

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ARTS Recovery Program Specialist
bernita.johnson@seattle.gov

(206) 819-4167

Bernita Johnson was born, educated, and has lived in Seattle most of her adult life. She was taught to be proud of her rich African-American heritage while embracing and celebrating diversity. Growing up in Seattle, her career started in retail sales and while attending the University of Washington, she worked for United Airlines, transferred to Atlanta, and completed Legal Admin/Paralegal Studies. Upon returning to Seattle, she worked for the late Jeff Brotman, co-founder of Costco, attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Jeff introduced Bernita to United Way of King County, where she served two terms as a Loaned Executive. Bernita has owned and operated her own businesses and taught in the Seattle Community College system. Today, she pursues her passion for cultural, environmental, and educational enrichment and serves as a non-profit fundraiser, minority business consultant, and educational advocate in underserved communities in Martin Luther King and Pierce counties.

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez

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Project Manager
irene.gomez@seattle.gov

(206) 684-7310

Irene administers ARTISTS UP and CityArtists Projects funding programs in addition to related technical support. She's an active member of the city's Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives, and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends, and being the parent of an emerging media artist balance interests outside of work.

Irene also speaks Spanish.

Kathy Hsieh

Kathy Hsieh

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Cultural Investments Strategist
kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9926

Kathy oversees the community-building, funding, and racial equity programs of the Office. A change agent in transforming the City's arts funding program through a racial equity lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association's first Race & Social Justice Management Award. A leader with the City's nationally recognized Race & Social Justice Initiative, she has presented on numerous national panels, and is an adjunct professor on Asian American Theatre for the University of Washington.

Kathy is also a theatre artist and award-winning actor, playwright, director, and producer with a special focus on work that creates visibility and opportunities for and highlights the talent and contributions of, artists of color. She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year and as an actor by ArtsFund in 2003, featured in The Dramatist Magazine as "50 to Watch" in 2007, received A Special Award of Recognition by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards for Excellence in Playwriting and Verizon's Asian Pacific American Bash's Innovator Award in 2012, and is the 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Awardee in the Arts.

Kathy also speaks Mandarin.

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

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Arts Education Project Manager
tina.lapadula@seattle.gov

(206) 518-4205

Tina LaPadula is an East coast transplant and warrior for equitable art-making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award-winning arts and social justice nonprofit she helped found. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry, and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist, Tina has taught for Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs. She has served as a consultant to many cultural organizations facilitating workshops on racial justice and the arts. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a faculty member for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists, and on the national advisory team for the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinions have been featured by Americans for the Arts and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Alex Rose

Alex Rose

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Creative Economy Advocate
alex.rose@seattle.gov

(206) 459-6517

Alex Rose brings her passions for music, culture, and community to her work at the City of Seattle. As Creative Economy Advocate, Alex connects young people to creative careers, supports the Seattle Music Commission, and brings creative entrepreneurs together to network and access resources. With a background in digital marketing, Alex is drawn to the magic that happens at the intersection of creativity and technology. She is also a singer, producer, bandleader, and mom.

Alex also speaks Spanish.

Imani Sims

Imani Sims

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Hope Corps Project Manager
imani.sims@seattle.gov
(206) 715-2807

Imani Sims is an alchemist and writer from Seattle, WA. They believe in the power of community ritual and performance art, in public space, to shift social narratives around the magic of blackness, queerness, and femme identity. Over the past two decades, Imani has collaborated with community organizations and independent artists to deliver arts programming all over the nation. Their heart soul love work is elevating the voices of QTBIPOC folk in public and virtual spaces. Their career has taken them many places including San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Opera, and Director for RADAR Productions (a QTBIPOC literary arts organization in SF) Sims' book (A)live Heart is available on Sibling Rivalry Press.

Public Art

Jason Huff

Jason Huff

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Project Manager Lead
jason.huff@Seattle.gov
(206) 684-7278

As a public art project manager with our office since 2007, Jason has worked with local and national artists to design and install artworks for the city's 1% for Art collection. From 2000 to 2007, Jason was the artistic director at the Kirkland Arts Center. Born and raised in White Plains, New York, he received his BFA in art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. Jason continues to work in ceramics and has exhibited his work regionally at Gallery IMA, SOIL, Bellevue Art Museum, Gallery IMA, and nationally at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Ore.; San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Tex.; Contemporary Arts Collective and Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; and the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nev.

Blake Haygood

Blake Haygood

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Curator and Collections Manager
blake.haygood@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7132

Blake helps rotate and maintain the Civic Art Collection, with more than 3,200 works; assists in curating City exhibitions; and provides handyman services in the office when needed. He is a practicing artist and his work can be viewed at blakehaygood.com.

Maija McKnight

Maija McKnight

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Project Manager
maija.mcknight@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7311

Maija has worked in the arts field for more than 15 years including serving as the Arts Coordinator for the City of Auburn, Washington and within the education departments of Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Asian Art Museum. With an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University and a master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, this former Montanan enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and making things out of metal in her studio.

Maija also speaks Mandarin.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

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Project Manager
rebecca.johnson@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0182

Rebecca “Becky” Johnson has worked in the field of public art for ten years, including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro Art program, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, and public art consulting. Becky received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, a minor in Business from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Masters of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. As a new resident of the Pacific Northwest, Becky loves exploring Seattle and the greater area with her partner.

Rick Reyes

Rick Reyes

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Project Manager
rick.reyes@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7177

Rick Reyes is a Seattle-based, Tacoma-born, researcher and creative. An avid musician and storyteller Rick finds community in creating with and performing alongside fellow musicians and creatives.

Trained in critical race theory and public policy at Seattle University, Rick’s previous research, writing, art, and photography explore epistemologies to better understand assumptions on race, class, and gender that produce real-life impacts on his communities and those at the center of structural oppression.

Rick’s work experience includes community outreach and public programs at and in partnership with arts organizations such as the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle University, the Office of Arts & Culture, Napster Streaming (Rhapsody), and Seattle Theatre Group.

Jeremy Beliveau

Jeremy Beliveau

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Project Manager
jeremy.beliveau@seattle.gov

Jeremy Beliveau is a lifelong artist and musician who was raised in Massachusetts and moved to Seattle in 2012. Jeremy has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Bard College and a master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. Before joining the team at ARTS, Jeremy worked on exhibits for the National Park Service, Center on Contemporary Arts (CoCA), Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Public Library, and Chief Seattle Club. In their free time, Jeremy enjoys composing and recording music, playing with ink and paint, and doting over their houseplants.

Ben Schreck

Benjamin Schreck

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Curatorial Assistant
benjamin.schreck@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1742

Ben Schreck is an interdisciplinary artist, residing in Seattle, whose practice resonates with familial relationships and generational departures. Through object-based performance and collaboration, the work weaves the present and the past.

Born in Carlock, Illinois he later moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, as well as a BA in Art History. Ben received his MFA in 3d4m from the University of Washington, Seattle. Learning through the reciprocal exchange of teaching, Schreck has worked as an educator, fine art fabricator, preparator, and artist, as well as being selected as a 2017 Emerging Artist in Residence with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, WA. In addition to national tours showcasing performance with the Flinching Eye Collective-recipients of The Idea Fund funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014,-Schreck's work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, with exhibitions in Valdivia, Chile; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Bethlehem, Palestine; Houston, Texas; Brooklyn, New York; Seattle, WA, among other venues.

Tiffany Hedrick

Tiffany Hedrick

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Artwork Conservation
tiffany.hedrick@seattle.gov
(206) 615-0175

For over seven years Tiffany has facilitated and performed conservation for the city of Seattle's public art collection, comprised of more than 2,800 portable and 450 permanent works of art. Tiffany also works with Seattle Parks and Recreation to assess, restore and maintain artworks in their collection. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Washington and her Master of Arts degree in Conservation from Northumbria University. When not scaling totem poles, Tiffany loves to go camping and hiking, spend time in the garden, build furniture and train her Border collie and Australian shepherd on their agility skills.

Sandy Esene

Sandy Esene

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Registrar
sandy.esene@seattle.gov

(206) 233-3930

Sandy is passionate about care of collections and is excited to be a steward for the City of Seattle's Permanently Sited and Portable Works collections. As the Public Art Registrar Sandy maintains the artwork database and collection authority files, maintaining legal documents, histories of use, and physical histories of collection objects. She provides data, information, and expertise for inquiries regarding City artwork collection. Sandy is a self-confessed ancient cultures geek and writes contemporary fantasy novels that incorporate adventure, ancient myth, and history.

Ruri Yampolsky

Ruri Yampolsky

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Office of the Waterfront Arts Liaison
ruri.yampolsky@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7309

Ruri Yampolsky is the Waterfront Program Art Manager for the city of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, working to ensure that arts and culture are fully integrated into one of the largest civic transformations Seattle has undertaken. On loan to the Waterfront office from the Office of Arts & Culture, she has many years of experience managing Seattle’s Public Art Program and complex (as well as some uncomplicated) public art projects, working to expand public experience by providing a range of projects in a variety of artistic expressions that shape urban space, engage the community, encourage civic dialog and bring new voices into the field. She served for six years on the Public Art Network Council for Americans for the Arts, finishing out as vice-chair, and focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in public art practice, policies, and procedures. She is a registered architect with a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in architecture with a minor in Latin from Barnard College.

On Sabbatical

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

she/her

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Creative Youth Development Project Manager
kristi.woo@seattle.gov

(206) 727-8671

Kristi serves as ARTS' Creative Youth Development Project Manager and has a passion for cultural preservation, youth empowerment, and community advocacy. Kristi is a former Arts Education Manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Education Manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Her innovation in bridge-building amongst schools, families, and artists along with advocacy in underserved communities around arts education is well respected. She has worked and volunteered with pluralistic communities in Seattle's Rainier Valley, Chinatown International District, and Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years.