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Artist Trust Staff

Anna Dawson (she/her)

Program Administration Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Originally from San Francisco, Anna was initially brought to the Pacific Northwest for school in Walla Walla. Wanting to stay in Washington, she moved to Seattle to start her career as a photographer and artist. For her, being an intern at Artist trust is a way to contribute and get to know the arts community in Seattle. Outside of work Anna is an avid dog admirer, outdoorswoman, and traveler. Contact Anna if you need a sweaty hand to hold, start a feminist riot, or chat with a fellow murderino.

Anne-Claire Mitchell (she/her)

Spokane Program Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x

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Anne-Claire designs and manages programs to create nurturing spaces for creativity and tangible practices of sustaining regional artists. She participates in cultural advocacy as an art organizer and curator at both community and statewide levels, intersecting place-based arts programming, grant-making and professional development support, exhibitions, and racial equity to help build a vibrant and connected rural arts ecology.

Anne-Claire co-founded the non-profit art space Richmond Art Collective (RAC) in 2014, and served as the Program Director and Curator of Exhibitions until 2018. Anne-Claire coordinates programs in Eastern Washington for Artist Trust, connecting individual artists of all disciplines with financial and professional resources, partnering with regional organizations, and working to increase the artistic and cultural visibility of vulnerable groups. Anne-Claire’s artistic practice is primarily collaborative, and spans visual art, new media, and music production; she is currently interested in analog synthesis and experimental soundscapes.

Contact her for programming questions in the Spokane area!

Brian McGuigan (he/him)

Program Director, 206.467.8734 x23

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Born and raised in Queens, New York, Brian came to Seattle in 2003 with the dream of being a famous writer. While his dream hasn’t quite come true yet, he’s at work on a memoir and has published in Salon, Gawker, The Stranger, and elsewhere.

Outside of his work as an artist, Brian is an advocate and instigator for artists. For a decade, he created programs and resources at Hugo House, Seattle’s literary center, before joining Artist Trust in 2015. In addition to writing and working for artists, Brian enjoys reading, running, the Yankees, and spending time with his family.

Contact Brian if you’re interested in teaching a workshop, if your organization would like to partner with Artist Trust, if you want to serve on a grant panel, or if you have questions about applying for grants.

Emily Dennis (she/her)

Annual Fund & Events Manager, 206.467.8734 x16

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Emily’s path to Artist Trust has wandered from acting to outdoor retail to Americorps to public policy, but the common thread has always been stories – how we tell them, to whom, and why. She believes in the fundamental power of storytelling to change our relationships, strengthen local communities, and make a great dinner party even better. That’s why she trusts in the work of Washington artists, and why she loves talking to donors about how Artist Trust can support their vision for Washington State.

Give her a shout at emily@artisttrust.org if you have questions about individual giving or the Benefit Art Auction.

Erika Enomoto (she/her)

Communications Manager, 206.467.8734 x17

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Born and raised in Honolulu, Erika is driven by her passion for promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity within the arts and culture sector. As Artist Trust’s Communications Manager, she is dedicated to fostering cultural pluralism through communications and storytelling strategies drawn from her past lives in museums, curatorial work, and academia.

In her free time Erika enjoys reading about culture, identity, and human-centered design; raising houseplants; cooking; and chilling on the couch with her scientist BF and George, a bratty/sweet Shiba pup. She serves as a board member of the Mt. Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts and is a special events volunteer at the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington.

Have questions about the Artist Trust blog, outreach tabling at your upcoming community event, or anything marketing related? Contact Erika at erika@artisttrust.org

Gems (they/them)

Finance and Operations Manager, 206.467.8734 x24

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Gems likes rocks and minerals so much that they chose to go by the nickname Gems. Artist Trust’s mission is especially meaningful to them, as they are also a working artist. They’ve dabbled in many mediums, including stone carving and performance art, but are mostly known in Seattle as a member of the band Nail Polish.

In the office, they enjoy working backstage to ensure that the organization is fully equipped and operational. They manage daily bookkeeping, IT support for staff, and act as a liaison to the Board of Trustees. Their favorite task is printing grant checks for artists.

Justine Deacon (she/her)

Development Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x18

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Justine found Artist Trust through Seattle University, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Arts Leadership. Initially brought on board as the Development Intern, Justine is now the Development Coordinator at Artist Trust.

Originally from California, she relocated to Seattle in 2015 in pursuit of a place with all four seasons and a vibrant arts community. When not supporting all things Development, Justine can be found binge-watching TV shows, playing board games, or wrangling her two fluffs Otis and Winston.

Kristina Goetz (she/her)

Development Director, 206.467.8734 x21

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Kristina directs fundraising efforts for Artist Trust, creating the development strategies that help make our grantmaking and educational programs possible.

With nearly twenty 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.

Prior to relocating to Seattle in 2008 she was Director of Development for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the second largest Fringe Festival in the United States. Kristina lives in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood with her partner, note guitar player/ composer Simon Henneman, two cats, and a dog named Lola.

Shannon Halberstadt (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer, 206.467.8734 x12

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

A California native, Shannon was lured to Washington State by its art, music, and culture, and she has been working in arts leadership in the PNW for over two decades. Shannon was drawn to work with Artist Trust because she’s a firm believer in the power of individual artists to inspire positive personal and community transformation. She’s thrilled to bring to Artist Trust depth of administrative experience in many disciplines and locations, including roles as the Executive Director at Spokane Arts, PNW Executive Director at The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), Managing Director at Seattle’s The Vera Project, as well as experience at The Old Fire House (Redmond, WA), The Henry Gallery (Seattle, WA), and On the Boards Theater (Seattle, WA).

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, and a Board member of Reel Grrls. She currently serves on the Boards of Terrain, Spokane and the Washington State Arts Alliance.

Zach Frimmel (he/him)

Program Coordinator, 206.467.8734 x20

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Hailing from the wild world of Florida, Zach pursued a career in arts and education after receiving his BA in english literature. The socio-cultural juxtaposition of Florida lead him to Seattle in 2012. It was then he discovered and was drawn to Artist Trust’s educational programs and mission. Zach handles day-of logistics for professional development and grantmaking programs while also overseeing program outreach and listings of resources, opportunities, and events on our website.

Off the AT clock, Zach covers music for KEXP and The Stranger, hangs out in DIY communities, and treats himself to pizza on Fridays. “Life’s short, have impact” is one of his mantras.