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Artist Trust Welcomes Shannon Roach Halberstadt as New Executive Director

For Immediate Release:

After conducting a national search, Artist Trust is pleased to announce that Shannon Roach Halberstadt has been hired as its Executive Director. Halberstadt will start at Artist Trust on October 16, 2014.

Shannon was most recently the Executive Director of Spokane Arts, where she was instrumental in revitalizing their goals to be a unifying voice for artists as well as building a greater appreciation of the arts by residents of the inland Northwest. Shannon is also a well-known and highly respected arts administrator in Seattle. She served as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs) and as Managing Director of the Vera Project. At both agencies, she left a long-lasting legacy of membership growth, support for established and upcoming artists, and strong program management.

It is a distinct pleasure to join Artist Trust as its new Executive Director. I am an avid fan of the work of Artist Trust; the mission is clear, direct and fills a vital need: supporting individual artists of all disciplines across Washington State. I am thrilled to contribute my passion and experience to this leadership role, furthering Artist Trust’s commitment to artists statewide.
—Shannon Roach Halberstadt

Halberstadt was chosen from a field of highly-qualified applicants following a rigorous, inclusive, four-month process. The search was chaired by Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Artist Trust Board President, and facilitated by Barbara Green, Artist Trust’s Interim Director, who has close to 20 years of experience in non-profit executive transitions.


The Board is thrilled to welcome Shannon to Artist Trust. We were impressed by her thoughtful and gracious demeanor and her diverse background in working with artists from a variety of disciplines. She brings a wealth of talent to the organization at an important time for us as we explore new and better ways to serve the artists of Washington State. It’s an exciting time for Artist Trust, and we’re confident that Shannon is the right person to lead us forward.
—Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Board President, Artist Trust

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at