“My vision for a stronger Artist Trust is to live up to its mission and values and be responsive to the needs of the community of artists that it serves.”
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.
Lorrie Cardoso, Artist Trust board member, 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 recently became the Co-Chair of the Governance Committee. It provides me the opportunity to contribute my expertise as a legal professional with regard to matters concerning the Bylaws and I have the opportunity to influence the makeup of the Board to increase diversity and artist representation across Washington State.
How are you involved in the arts?
I became engaged with the art community starting in 2012 when I founded a Meetup group called Seattle Arts and Cultural Events, a social group for the arts. This led to building relationships with the CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art and Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Company where I eventually joined their Board of Directors. Up until the pandemic occurred, I was a partner in COLLECT guided art experiences spreading the message that art is for everyone. I joined the leadership team of the local chapter of ArtTable, based in New York, in support of its focus on advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts. I’m near the end of my term on the Board of Directors of Mini Mart City Park where I contributed to helping the nonprofit launch its operations in a newly constructed building. I’m currently focusing my art involvement on contemporary performing arts, artist funding, and arts education by joining the Board of Trustees of On the Boards, Artist Trust, and Pratt Fine Arts Center.
What has 2020 taught you both personally and professionally?
2020 has presented an opportunity to shift my focus to racial equity in the arts and nonprofits. I’m learning to have difficult conversations and gaining a better understanding of the needs of the arts community.
How will you carry those lessons into 2021?
This work is ongoing and will continue into the future.
What excites you about what you’ve learned/the changes Artist Trust has made or will make?
The Open Letter was sent to Artist Trust shortly after I joined the Board of Directors. I was impressed with how the Board and staff quickly pivoted in response to the concerns expressed. My decision to join the Board was affirmed and I’m excited to work with the Board and staff to move forward and continue the important work Artist Trust does.
What is your vision for a stronger Artist Trust?
My vision for a stronger Artist Trust is to live up to its mission and values and be responsive to the needs of the community of artists that it serves.