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Artist Trust Staff

Shannon Halberstadt

Chief Executive Officer, 206.467.8734 x12

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Shannon 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 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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Zach coordinates business practice and grantmaking programs while also managing program outreach and online listings of opportunities, events, and resources. He went through the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative on racial equity in the arts.

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. Being part of past and present DIY scenes, he appreciates the off-beat and advocates for social equity.

Off the clock, Zach covers music for KEXP and The Stranger, works with Practice Space Seattle, plays music 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.

Sarah Faulk

Program Administration Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Sarah is the current Program Administration Intern, providing support for workshops and learning about programming during her time at Artist Trust.

Sarah is an art historian and karaoke enthusiast based in Seattle, and she received her BA in art history from the University of Washington in 2017. Her research centers contemporary art; examining archives, geographies, and communities while utilizing both performance theory and conceptual art. Most recently, her thesis work dealt with the artist Lee Lozano and the political possibilities that lie in refusal, written as a performance in a style based on Lee. Her go to karaoke song is “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell.

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 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.

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager, 206.467.8734 x16

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Emily oversees the annual fund, donor database, and special events like the auction where artists, donors, and friends of the organization connect with each other.

Raised in southern Illinois, Emily is a proud Midwesterner and holds a BA in theatre performance and English literature from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She relocated to Seattle in the fall of 2016 from Portland, Maine, where she worked in retail management and buying, served two Americorps terms, and co-founded a small publishing imprint. Most recently, Emily was the Coalition Manager for the King County Access for All: Yes on Prop 1 campaign, and the Outreach Manager for Cultural Access Washington. She believes deeply in the incredible power of individual artists and creative communities to make our world more engaged, challenged, beautiful, and just.

Away from her desk, Emily can be found hosting long dinners, hiking, reading/writing, and fulfilling her goal of becoming more useful (right now: learning to sew). She acts when she can, and loves nothing more than a good story. Emily is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University.

Justine de Jesus

Development Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Justine is thrilled to join the Artist Trust team as the Development Intern. She is currently pursuing her MFA in arts leadership at Seattle University.

Justine was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She received her BA in drama with an emphasis in stage management from University of California, Irvine. During her time there, Justine was one of the founding members of the Pipeline Players Theatre Ensemble, the only entirely student-run theatre company on campus. She was the Theater Operations Intern at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Art and Front of House Intern for cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA’s Brokechella, and the Stage Management Intern for the New Works Festival at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. After graduating, Justine became the Resident Stage Manager for Monterey Peninsula College Theater Company.

In her fleeting moments of free time, Justine enjoys binge-watching shows, reading, and spending time with her dogs Otis and Winston.

Administrative Staff

Gems .

Operations Manager, 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. Gems is currently pursuing stone sculpture as their preferred artistic medium.

Freya Wormus

Finance Manager, 206.467.8734 x15

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Originally from Vermont, Freya 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 manages all marketing communications and supports outreach activities. A shared commitment to advance social justice, racial equity, and inclusivity in the arts inspired her to join Artist Trust. Using her skills in messaging and storytelling, Erika increases awareness and generates excitement toward Artist Trust’s mission, grant opportunities, artist support programs, and year-round fundraising goals.

Erika received a BBA in international business and marketing from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. While enrolled in graduate courses in art history and museum studies in Hawaiʻi, she taught art history as a teaching assistant and was a curatorial assistant at the University of Hawaiʻi Art Galleries. She also completed a 10-month intensive program in advanced Japanese language at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama and was an alumni scholar at the East-West Center. 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 (a bratty Shiba Inu), learning Farsi, and visiting art spaces. She serves as a board member of the Mt. Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts and is a special events volunteer for the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington.

Megan Gallagher

Communications & Outreach Intern, 206.467.8734 x

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Megan currently serves as Artist Trust’s Communications and Outreach Intern. She studied creative writing at Western Washington University and first discovered her love of telling artists’ stories through her work as an Artist Trust blog content contributor. She’s excited to continue helping spread the word about Artist Trust online and at events and to learn more about what makes their communications tick.

In her spare time, Megan enjoys running, cooking, and exploring libraries and museums.