Central District’s new black cultural and arts space, ARTE NOIR, welcomes new staff and board members this week. Jazmyn Scott, cultural curator and former director of programs and partnerships at LANGSTON, has just been appointed executive director of ARTE NOIR, along with web and editorial director Hilary Northcraft and marketing manager Taelore Rhoden.
Karinda Harris, Board Member of ARTE NOIR, said:
“The heart and soul of ARTE NOIR are its people; the organization exists to uplift Black artists. What better person to lead an organization rooted in that purpose than someone who lives and breathes its mission? Jazmyn Scott is the answer. His diverse backgrounds and broad portfolio, coupled with his excellent leadership qualities and creative, collaborative work style, is a powerful combination that will nurture the team, the artists and the work of ARTE NOIR.”
Upon Jazmyn’s appointment, new board member Eric Parsons had this to say:
“Jazmyn Scott has been a leading figure in the Seattle arts community for many years. I am happy and proud to have her leading ARTE NOIR as Executive Director. Wearer of many hats – advocate for the arts and culture, leader and curator – Jazmyn’s approach is cohesive, fresh and grounded. We look forward to his outstanding leadership here.”
Jazmyn comes to Arte Noir as a longtime counselor 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. Jazmyn’s community ties are extensive, and she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Earshot Jazz and The Residency and sits on several community arts advisory boards.
Board member Juan Alonso-Rodriquez said the following:
“I am delighted that Jazmyn Scott has joined ARTE NOIR as Executive Director. She has been responsible for many successful programs and projects, bringing invaluable experience to her new role. Among her accomplishments and contributions to the artistic and cultural community of Seattle, watching and experiencing Jazmyn’s leadership and LANGSTON’s vision was impressive.”
ARTE NOIR also welcomes new faces to its board of directors. Alongside ARTE NOIR founder Vivian Phillips, visual artist Juan Alonso-Rodriquez and Karinda Harris, senior community relations officer at Vulcan Inc., are Raymond Tymus-Jones, president of Cornish College, Eric Parsons , new director of philanthropy for Community Roots Housing, and Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie’s Restaurant and executive director of the Capitol Hill Ecodistrict.
About the new team and management, Vivian Phillips said:
“This board and staff expansion brings an impressive depth of artistic, community, philanthropic, support and Black leadership expertise to Arte Noir. Jazmyn will undoubtedly bring the leadership and community relationships that will propel ARTE NOIR forward. Success.”
ARTE NOIR is an independent arts organization that exists to uplift black artists!
Founded by Vivian Phillips, ARTE NOIR was originally an online publication dedicated to showcasing and edifying Black art, artists and culture. The publication was launched in late May 2021 and the non-profit organization was incorporated on June 1, 2021. The physical location is an extension of the mission and will complement ARTE NOIR’s ongoing online presence with its gallery of black art and its black culture retail. store.
ARTE NOIR aims to be a gathering place to explore the dynamic creativity that springs from African and Afro-American culture. With a focus on people, ARTE NOIR shines a light on creators, thinkers and doers who are and have been innovating in their fields, centering the soul and power of black art and wealth generation. restorative.