“I will go into 2021 with new standards, new strength, and a new understanding of what is possible when a community comes together.”

From now through December 31st as part of our end of year campaign, you’ll hear from Artist Trust staff & board about their work, the lessons they’ve learned this year, what they hope for in 2021, and their vision for a stronger Artist Trust.

Nadia Ahmed, performance artist, sculptor, and Development Coordinator at Artist Trust shared her thoughts with us. Read her interview below and support Artist Trust at artisttrust.org/donate.


What is your role at Artist Trust and what do you enjoy about it?  

I am the Development Coordinator at Artist Trust. I enjoy the opportunities to learn and grow, as well as being able to think creatively about equitable fundraising practices. Most of all, I love the ways that my role intersects with other departments and staff members!

How are you involved in the arts?

I am a performance artist and sculptor. I have been working in the arts in Seattle since 2015 at multiple arts-based organizations. I attended UW school of art, where I majored in Sculpture and Art History.

What has 2020 taught you both personally and professionally?

This year has taught me the importance of empathy, flexibility, and standing up for yourself and others.

How will you carry those lessons into 2021?

I will go into 2021 with new standards, new strength, and a new understanding of what is possible when a community comes together.

What excites you about what you’ve learned/the changes Artist Trust has made or will make?

I am excited for the changes Artist Trust is making in its leadership structure, internal processes, and work culture to create a more equitable organization. I am also looking forward to our work in building stronger relationships with the community.

What is your vision for a stronger Artist Trust?

Truly being in community with the artists we serve.