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Artist Trust Staff

Shannon Halberstadt

Chief Executive Officer, 206.467.8734 x12

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Shannon Halberstadt is the CEO at Artist Trust, leading the organization’s efforts to help Washington State’s artists of all disciplines thrive.

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. She currently serves on the Board of Reel Grrls and the Washington State Arts Alliance. Shannon’s a firm believer in the power of art to inspire positive personal and community transformation.

Program Staff

Brian McGuigan

Program Director, 206.467.8734 x23

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Brian McGuigan oversees the funding and artist support programs at Artist Trust. He is responsible for the strategy and development of programs to meet the needs of artists of all disciplines across Washington State.

Before coming to Artist Trust, Brian worked at Hugo House for a decade where he co-founded and curated the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose. He’s also moonlighted as the director of Lit Crawl Seattle, an ambassador at On the Boards, and an event organizer for a slew of arts organizations in Seattle. For his work in the arts, The Stranger shortlisted Brian for their Genius Award in Literature in 2010, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s “Power 50 Culture Makers.”

When he’s not working for artists, Brian’s a writer himself. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and he has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. He’s currently at work on a memoir.

Zach Frimmel

Program Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x20

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For the last three years, Zach Frimmel has been eagerly grinding the 9-to-5 at Artist Trust, where he coordinates the organization’s business practice and grantmaking programs while also managing online listings of opportunities, events, and resources.

Zach’s enthusiasm for impacting the lives of artists and involvement with culture-shifting landscapes brought him to Seattle five years ago, by way of Chicago and Florida. Having been a part of DIY ecosystems half his life, he appreciates off-beat forms of expression and advocates for the equity of marginalized communities, people, and ideas.

Off the clock, Zach covers music for KEXP, works with Practice Space Seattle, plays in bands around town, and treats himself to pizza on Fridays.

Katy Hannigan

Program Manager, 206.467.8734 x25

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As the Program Manager at Artist Trust, Katy develops responsive programming that supports Washington state artists in their creative and professional endeavors.

Prior to Artist Trust, Katy was a Client Manager at Shunpike where she was the point of contact for 85 fiscally sponsored arts organizations, 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 worked with a startup nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural communities across Massachusetts.

Katy is a recent graduate of the Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership program and holds a degree in theatre from the College of Holy Cross. She 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. Katy’s canine roommate, Peppercorn, serves as her morale-boosting and flower-sniffing assistant here at Artist Trust.

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 and has worked as a project coordinator in the renewable energy industry, generating project and funding opportunities in Eastern Washington. Anne-Claire 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.

Cicelia Ross-Gotta

Programs Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Cicelia Ross-Gotta began working as the Grants to Artist Programs Intern at Artist Trust in July 2017 to learn about grant making in the non-profit art world. As a fresh alum of UW’s 3D4M MFA program, her internship at Artist Trust is a way to shift the oft-myopic graduate student focus to the broader art community in Washington. She attests that the view is refreshing, and she is excited to be a part of an organization that is committed to supporting artists.

Originally from Kansas, Cicelia spent about half her life in the Rockies of Montana and Colorado. She relocated to Seattle two years ago, where she explores the Cascades, the islands and the Peninsula with her husband and her svelte, charming, and cuddly black lab, Jean Luc.

As a practicing artist, Cicelia works with the themes of vulnerability and sensitivity through the mediums of fibers, performance, and language. With quieter works, fine threads and subtle textures, she invites the viewer not to just look hard, but to look well - try to see just this one thing well.

Pin-An Shy

Artist Support Program Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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As the Artist Support Program intern, Pin-An Shy sustains Artist Trust’s online resources while supporting its business workshops. You will see her in many of the Art Business Night School courses as a teaching assistant until late November.

Raised in Taiwan, Pin-An has a background in Chinese literature and is discovering her passion for supporting artists while working for her school’s arts center. She came to Seattle two years ago to advance her knowledge of arts management. Seattle showed her a vibrant scene of arts and culture and deepened her understanding of equity in the arts, which brought her to an organization that combines equity and supporting artists: Artist Trust.

Pin-An is also an active volunteer in the arts. Some of the organizations she volunteered for include: Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, and University Musical Society in Michigan. When she is not working for or appreciating the arts, she likes to explore different bike routes, practice rollerblading, and check out plants.

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Jhenn Whalen serves as Artist Trust’s artist engagement intern, sustaining programs that support individual artist’s visions of success and collective prosperity.

As the first generation of her family to graduate from high school, Jhenn believes wholeheartedly in the empowering role the arts play in creating personal and community resilience, upward momentum, and healing. She has used her BFA in art education and illustration to teach in primarily underserved schools, most proudly as an AmeriCorps VISTA. While in Colorado for AmeriCorps, Jhenn helped build arts access programs in collaboration with RedLine and Denver Public Schools. Since then, she has committed herself to equity through the arts by moving to Seattle to pursue an MFA in arts leadership.

When she isn’t interning or in class, Jhenn spends her free time volunteering with the Frye Art Museum and at various art events. Her other hobbies include karaoke, attending Gage Academy’s Drink-and-Draw, and making breakfast foods.

Development Staff

Kristina Goetz

Development Director, 206.467.8734 x21

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Raised in New York City’s Lower East Side and Queens, Kristina Goetz relocated to Seattle in 2008 after many years of working in the arts and culture sector in Florida. She 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. She has held leadership roles at Seattle arts and culture organizations including The Vera Project and Northwest Folklife and has been a board member at the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, a statewide housing advocacy organization.

Kristina lives in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood with her partner, musician Simon Henneman, two cats, and a dog named Lola.

Sonja Roach

Development Manager, 206.467.8734 x16

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Joining Artist Trust in 2012 as a registration intern for the Benefit Art Auction, Sonja Roach currently oversees the annual fund, donor database, and special events like the auction where artists, donors, and friends of the organization connect with each other.

A native of Eastern Washington, Sonja’s knowledge of the diverse corners of our state is a natural fit for Artist Trust’s statewide mission. In the past she has worked in security at the Frye Art Museum and taught English to middle school students in South Korea. A graduate of Seattle University, she earned a BA in art history and Spanish and completed portions of her undergraduate studies in Mexico and Italy.

With an eye for detail and sharp memory, she loves to collaborate with her coworkers, discover emerging artists, and learn about donors. In her free time, she takes long walks around the city listening to podcasts about Latin music, politics, or true crime. This fall Sonja will be relocating to the United Kingdom to pursue graduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London’s MA Art & Politics program. After completing her degree, she aims to continue working in the arts and cultural sector and is looking forward to exploring new opportunities that come her way.

Cristina Friday

Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager, 206.467.8734 x18

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Cristina Friday is always looking for a story, a yearning that comes in handy in her role as Artist Trust’s permanent grantwriter-in-residence. In addition to sharing the stories of artists and the unique work of Artist Trust with foundation and government funders, she also handles corporate partnerships, a program that supports the annual Benefit Art Auction and Artist Trust’s year-round operations, programs, and grants to artists. She’s devoted to working within and outside the organization on racial equity and is always down to have deep talks about how to make the arts sector, the philanthropy field, and our community a better, more inclusive place for all.

Reining from the city of no rain, Cristina received her BA in anthropology from her hometown’s University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which was followed up by a year-long AmeriCorps service in California. Cristina planted herself in Seattle in the fall of 2010 and began her career in nonprofit fundraising at Pacific Science Center before joining the Artist Trust family in 2014. Her cultural studies and experience listening to, and raising up, the voices of the often unheard drive her commitment to creating a more just society through her work.

When she isn’t writing grants or playing with the office dogs, Cristina serves as a committee member for Reel Grrls to empower the visions of diverse youth, and works on her personal writing for The Evergrey. She spends her days testing out new culinary recipes on her friends, going to shows, traveling as much as possible, and surfing the Pacific Northwest coast.

Perri Rhoden

Development Assistant, 206.467.8734 x26

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Perri Rhoden is a dynamic and spirited young woman and visual artist born and raised in Seattle. As Artist Trust’s Development Assistant, she processes donations and acknowledgement letters, manages the Artist Trust Membership Program, researches corporate and foundation grants, and provides administrative assistance to the Development team.

Perri earned a BFA in studio art from Howard University. In 2015, she returned to Seattle from Washington, DC, and initially connected with Artist Trust as a Program Intern. Her desire to learn how to make art a profitable part-time business while also educating fellow artists about the incredible resources Artist Trust has to offer is what brought her to and keeps her grounded in this organization.

Outside of work you can find Perri enjoying a vivacious ½ off cocktail at Fogon (on Tuesdays), perusing the racks at local thrift stores for gems to add to her eclectic wardrobe, or zoning out to Spotify and working on her abstract paintings. Her media of choice is acrylic paint and colored pencil applied on wood and canvas. To know her is to love her.

Mackenzie Wyatt

Development and Events Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Mackenzie Wyatt is the current development and events intern, providing support for development projects while dipping her toes in the world of not-for-profit fundraising.

A Seattle native, Mackenzie has spent time both studying art and working with art organizations from Bellingham to Japan. She identifies more as a crafter than an artist, preferring to study art as opposed to creating, and recently graduated with her BA in art history.

Mackenzie always found solace and inspiration from art since her childhood. She continues to pave a career path working with visual art while preparing for graduate school in the future. In her spare time she likes spending time with friends and teaching herself how to cook (or at least trying to).

Administrative Staff

Gems .

Office Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x24

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A gender-queer musician and performance artist who explores inequity in their own work, Gems is energized by Artist Trust’s mission to lead with an equity framework to support artists across Washington State.

At Artist Trust, Gems ensures that the staff are fully equipped and the organization is operating efficiently. They provide bookkeeping and technological support, act as a liaison to the Board of Trustees, and are the friendly face that greets guests as they arrive at the Artist Trust office. Their favorite task in the office is printing grant checks for artists.

Growing up in the Southwest, Gems wanted to escape the heat and pursue the hype that the Pacific Northwest was a hub for music. As a student at The Evergreen State College, they learned to think critically about art through an interdisciplinary lens and the context of social justice. After graduation they moved to Seattle, forming several bands, acting as a music curator for local DIY venues, and organizing music and arts festivals. Currently, Gems is pursuing stone sculpture and performance art as a drag queen, though not simultaneously.

Freya Wormus

Operations Director, 206.467.8734 x15

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Originally from Vermont, Freya Wormus moved to Seattle in the late 90s to live in a city that would support her dance career. From 1998 to 2006, she was the co-artistic director at Seattle’s BetterBiscuitDance and was a founding partner of Open Flight Studio. Freya was awarded her first ever grant for choreography from Artist Trust in 1999.

Freya first joined Artist Trust’s staff team in 2000. She has extensive experience working in non-profit financial management and bookkeeping, a career which includes former positions at Allied Arts of Seattle, Philanthropy Northwest, and Velocity Dance Center. Taking a hiatus from Artist Trust and her dance practice in 2007 to raise her son, Ari, her unwavering passion for supporting Washington State’s artists led to her rejoining the organization in 2012.

In addition to keeping Artist Trust’s operations and financial affairs in order, Freya is also working towards her JD degree at Seattle University School of Law.

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager, 206.467.8734 x17

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Erika Enomoto manages communications and outreach activities. She uses storytelling to bolster Artist Trust’s mission and generate excitement toward the organization’s grant opportunities, artist support programs, and year-round fundraising goals. A shared commitment to advance social justice, racial equity, and inclusivity in the arts inspired her to join Artist Trust.

Erika received a BBA in international business and marketing from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. While completing graduate courses in art history and museum studies in Hawaiʻi, she also studied at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama and was an alumni scholar at the East-West Center. Despite plans to enter the world of academia, her involvement with Honolulu’s major arts and culture organizations veered her toward a career in arts management. Prior to joining Artist Trust, Erika was the communications coordinator at the Glass Art Society.

An arts writer and curator, Erika is driven by her passion to create, cultivate, and sustain positive change for diverse communities. Her time outside of Artist Trust is spent socializing George (her bratty Shiba Inu), learning Farsi, visiting art spaces, and finishing her MA thesis.

Aaron Jin

Communications Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Looking to expand from his social media marketing skills within a racially-equitable framework, Aaron Jin found a sweet spot as the communications intern at Artist Trust.

A native Seattleite and performer, Aaron recently discovered a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts through the Intiman Emerging Artist Program. He continues this education with Seattle’s inaugural Leadership for Social Change cohort and artEquity’s 2017 cohort and believes that this training should be an integral part of pre-professional theatre education, especially in university institutions. Before coming to Artist Trust, Aaron worked in marketing with The Seagull Project and the UW’s Undergraduate Theater Society.

Aaron has acted at the University of Washington, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE and the Intiman Theatre. He was a featured speaker at this year’s UW Maker Summit and recently started directing and traveling. When he’s not working, Aaron spends most of his free time thinking about his Facebook statuses, vlogging, and how he can break an apple with his head.

Francesca Penchant

Design Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Driven by a love of art and artists, Francesca Penchant joined Artist Trust in July 2017 as the design intern.

For almost 15 years, Francesca has worked as a professional graphic designer. She enjoys contributing her skills to organizations that are doing meaningful work in the community. She also works for Jubilee Women’s Center and the Surface Design Association.

Francesca has postsecondary degrees in English, art history, graphic design, and fiber art, and uses these multidisciplinary interests in self-portrait photographs that have been exhibited throughout the west coast. A current project is researching urban drinking for a novel called Drinkers City.