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Artist Trust Welcomes Brian McGuigan as Program Director

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is pleased to announce that Brian McGuigan has been hired as its Program Director.

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.

As Program Director, McGuigan will oversee all aspects of Artist Trust grantmaking, career development programs and resources to serve individual artists of all disciplines in Washington State.

“I’m beyond excited to join the team at Artist Trust,” says McGuigan. “Throughout my career in arts nonprofits, I’ve dedicated myself to supporting writers and artists in as many ways as possible. In this new position, I’ll be able to help them with what matters most: the financial support to have the time and space to create, and the community that artists need to support and grow their careers.”

“We are thrilled to have Brian McGuigan join us as Program Director,” says Shannon Halberstadt, Executive Director at Artist Trust, “and can’t wait to see the energy and direction he will bring to the organization.”

About Artist Trust

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.