The Alliance Names A New Executive Director!

The Alliance Names A New Executive Director!The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa J. Gold as its next executive director. Ms. Gold will oversee operations of the 35-year-old artist service organization located in Brooklyn, NY. She assumes her new post today, September 20.

From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Gold served as the executive director of Washington Project for the Arts, an artist service and presenting organization based in Washington, DC, where she led a strategic planning effort, launched a sizable number of education and new programming efforts, doubled the organization's budget, and was recognized with the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

Prior to her return to New York, Ms. Gold was the director of public engagement at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she was responsible for public programs, education, and visitor services. In previous years, she established herself in the New York art community as the public relations and marketing director at the Drawing Center and the director of development and communications at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Board president Athena Robles said, "Lisa's exceptional leadership skills and ability to effectively address issues facing artists will play a critical role in advancing the Alliance's mission. As the only organization in the U.S. providing opportunities for Asian American artists in all disciplines, we know firsthand that the 'model minority' is a myth. Lisa shares our belief that stewardship of artist careers and support for their entrepreneurial spirit is tantamount to advancing equity in the field, while ensuring a wealth of diverse voices, stories, and new ideas in culture."

In a statement, Ms. Gold said, "I am excited about the opportunity to work with a committed board of directors, to be able to shape the direction of an organization at a key juncture in its existence, and to support and work directly with artists and creative professionals to positively impact their careers and livelihoods, as well as increase their impact on the city as a whole."

Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan­ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

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