The New Central District Black arts & cultural space, ARTE NOIR, recently named Jazmyn Scott, Cultural Curator and former Director of Programs & Partnerships at LANGSTON, as its new executive director. In addition to Scott, ARTE NOIR also named Hilary Northcraft as their web and editorial director and Taelore Rhoden as their marketing manager.
Scott comes to Arte Noir as a long-time advisor and community organizer. For the past six years, she has led programming and community partnerships for LANGSTON Seattle, and her early development began at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Scott’s community connections are extensive, and she currently serves as board vice president for Earshot Jazz and The Residency and sits on several community arts advisory boards.
“The heart and soul of ARTE NOIR are its people; the organization exists to uplift Black artists,” said ARTE NOIR Board Member Karinda Harris. “What better person to lead an organization rooted in this purpose than someone who lives and breathes its mission? Jazmyn Scott is the answer. Her diverse experiences and extensive portfolio, coupled with her excellent leadership qualities and creative & collaborative work style, are a powerful combination that will nurture the team, artists, and work of ARTE NOIR.”
ARTE NOIR Board Member Juan Alonso-Rodriquez is also excited about Scott’s new role with ARTE NOIR.
“I am thrilled Jazmyn Scott has joined ARTE NOIR as its Executive Director,” said Alonso-Rodriquez. “She has been responsible for numerous successful programs and projects, bringing invaluable experience to her new position. Among her accomplishments and contributions to Seattle’s arts & culture community, watching and experiencing Jazmyn’s leadership and vision at LANGSTON was impressive.”
In addition to the bringing on new staff, ARTE NOIR also welcomes new faces to its board of directors. Joining ARTE NOIR Founder Vivian Phillips, Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodriquez, and Karinda Harris, Senior Community Relations Manager at Vulcan Inc., on the board are Raymond Tymus-Jones, President of Cornish College, Eric Parsons, incoming Director of Philanthropy for Community Roots Housing, and Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie Restaurant and Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Executive Director.
“This board and staff expansion brings an impressive depth of arts, community, philanthropic expertise, support, and Black leadership to Arte Noir,” said Phillips. “Jazmyn will undoubtedly bring the leadership and community relationships that will propel ARTE NOIR toward success.”