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Dawn Goodman Washington
Arts on the Block
Arts on the Block Welcomes New Executive Director
Anne L’Ecuyer Brings Wealth of Experience to Arts Nonprofit
Kensington, Md. (December 7) The Arts on the Block (AOB) Board of Directors is proud to announce that Anne L’Ecuyer will become the nonprofit’s new Executive Director, effective January 2, 2017. She succeeds founder Jan Goldstein who is stepping down after 14 years.
Anne is well-known in the arts community having founded Art Lives Here and served as Project Director for the past year. She was a faculty member in Arts Management at American University from 2012-15, teaching courses in Management in Diverse Communities, Cultural Policy, Arts and Experience and Cultural Leadership. L’Ecuyer also held several positions with Americans for the Arts, serving as Director of Arts Policy and Information, and Associate Vice President of Field Services. Anne brings a wealth of marketing and operations experience, as well as work in integrating art with educational and social goals. She is plugged into a network of cultural professionals and leaders to help her take Arts on the Block to the next level.
Board President June Linowitz said, “Anne was the perfect candidate for AOB. Her experience was deep as well as diversified in just the areas where we need growth. I am confident Anne will make a strong organization even stronger. Jan is leaving AOB in great hands.”
While her official starting date is in January, L’Ecuyer is already meeting with staff and board members to begin the transition process.
About Arts on the Block
Arts on the Block, which began programming in 2003, is the only organization in the Washington, DC area offering youth ages 12 through 20 the opportunity to learn about the intersection of art, design and business by engaging them in real-world art and design projects and youth development experiences. The mission of Arts on the Block is to empower creative young people to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life of their communities.