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Artist Trust Staff

Shannon Halberstadt

Chief Executive Officer, 206.467.8734 x12

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Shannon leads Artist Trust’s efforts to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Shannon has been working in arts leadership for over two decades, including roles as the Executive Director at Spokane Arts, PNW Executive Director at The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Managing Director at Seattle’s The Vera Project. Among her many volunteer and advisory roles, Shannon has been a member of Seattle’s Music Commission, Leadership Tomorrow’s (King County) Curriculum Committee, and a Mayoral appointee to the Seattle Center Advisory Commission. Shannon’s a firm believer in the power of the individual artist to inspire positive personal and community transformation.

Program Staff

Brian McGuigan

Program Director, 206.467.8734 x23

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Brian oversees all aspects of grantmaking, career development programs and resources at Artist Trust. McGuigan has worked in programs and marketing for over a decade at Hugo House and ArtsWest. He is the co-founder and curator of the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose; the director of Lit Crawl Seattle; and an ambassador for On the Boards. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s ‘Power 50 Culture Makers.’ When he’s not working in the arts, Brian’s a writer himself. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, The Rumpus, ParentMap, and elsewhere, and he has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Office of Arts & Culture.

Zach Frimmel

Artist Support Program Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x20

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Zach manages topic-based workshops, professional development programs, resources, and opportunities so artists can optimize the business side of their practice. He participated in the first Racial Equity Cohort though the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on behalf of Artist Trust and continues to promote social justice initiatives. He also currently covers music for KEXP and is a songwriter, guitarist, and conceptual artist. Before Artist Trust, he worked at Caffé Vita and Neumos.

Katy Hannigan

Artist Liaison , 206.467.8734 x25

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Katy is the primary point of contact for artists seeking support and information from Artist Trust: she answers questions, assists in research, and cultivates relationships with artists and communities across the state. Prior to Artist Trust, Katy has worked at Shunpike, where she was the point of contact for 85 fiscally sponsored arts organizations. She also managed Shunpike’s Arts Business Clinic program, and represented the organization at the Racial Equity Cohort through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Prior to moving to Seattle, Katy was the Program Associate at MASSCreative, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural communities across Massachusetts. She has a degree in Theatre from the College of Holy Cross and is currently in Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program. Katy currently serves on the board of Forward Flux Productions, a theatre company dedicated to cultivating new artistic voices and new audiences to create an accessible, sustainable, relevant future for the live arts .

Owen David

Program Coordinator: Grants to Artists, 206.467.8734 x14

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Owen is a dancer and choreographer with arts management experience spanning government, higher education, and social sector organizations. He administers Grants for Artists programs at Artist Trust, and is thrilled to be advocating for artists while working to make arts funding more transparent, accessible, and equitable. Owen comes to this role after a brief stint in fundraising, bringing along high-level grant management experience from a past life as a Budget Analyst overseeing capital funding for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. He has taught dance technique, composition, and criticism in university settings, and his first gig out of college was for an organization providing underserved youth with after-school programs in arts and entrepreneurship. He moved to Seattle in 2014 after completing graduate studies at Ohio State, where he received an M.F.A. in Dance & New Media, and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Economy from Brown.

Anne-Claire Mitchell

Spokane Program Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x

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Anne-Claire coordinates professional development and assists with Artist Trust grantmaking support programs in Spokane County. She was born and raised in Spokane. She has worked as a project coordinator in the renewable energy industry, generating project and funding opportunities in Eastern WA. She co-founded the Richmond Art Collective (RAC) in downtown Spokane and also manages operations at RAC’s primary exhibition space. Anne-Claire is an artist herself. Her practice is cross-disciplinary, intersecting 2-D work, digital media, and music, especially through collaboration. She’s involved with several Spokane-based arts organizations and programs including INK ArtsSpace, Girl’s Rock Lab, Spokane Women in Art & Media, the Downtown Spokane Murals Project, and the Laboratory Spokane Artist Residency.


Development Staff

Kristina Goetz

Development Director, 206.467.8734 x21

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Kristina oversees all aspects of development and fundraising at Artist Trust. With over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, Kristina has served organizations representing almost every arts discipline, including visual art, theater, modern dance, performance art, and popular and classical music. Raised in New York City’s Lower East Side and Queens, Kristina relocated to Seattle in 2008 and has held leadership roles at Seattle arts and culture organizations including The Vera Project, Northwest Folklife and most recently, The Center for Wooden Boats. She is a board member at the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization.

Sonja Roach

Development Manager, 206.467.8734 x16

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Sonja manages Artist Trust’s database, annual appeals, membership program, and special events. Before joining Artist Trust, she worked at the Frye Art Museum and taught English in South Korea. She earned a BA in Art History and Spanish from Seattle University, completing portions of her studies in Mexico and Italy.

Cristina Friday

Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager, 206.467.8734 x18

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Cristina manages foundation, corporate and government giving at Artist Trust, acquiring grant and sponsorship funds that directly help artists. She worked previously in Development at Pacific Science Center and completed a year of volunteer service with AmeriCorps in California. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, she graduated from UNLV with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. She appreciates films, visiting museums near and far, and finding creative inspiration from the stunning Pacific Northwest environment.

Perri Rhoden

Development Assistant, 206.467.8734 x26

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Perri Rhoden earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University and is a practicing visual artist from Seattle, WA. Aside from her artistry, she enjoys live music, leisure biking, and volunteering at Books for Prisoners, BlackDot, and at Hawthorne Elementary School.

Administrative Staff

Gems .

Office Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x24

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Before joining Artist Trust, Gems was a music curator and festival organizer at Cairo Gallery on Capitol Hill. They are a performing musician and working artist, and their projects have been featured in City Arts, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. They hold a BA in Audio Production and Communications from The Evergreen State College.

Freya Wormus

Operations Director, 206.467.8734 x15

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Freya Wormus has worked in the field of financial management and bookkeeping for non-profits for over 13 years. She began this career path at Allied Arts of Seattle and has also worked at Philanthropy Northwest and Velocity Dance Center. Freya is a choreographer and dancer and was co-Artistic Director of BetterBiscuitDance in Seattle 1998-2006 and a founding partner at Open Flight Studio in 2000.