WASHINGTON, DC – The Board of Directors of CulturalDC is pleased to announce that Ava LaTanya “Tanya” Hilton will serve as the permanent executive director of CulturalDC. This selection concludes the Board’s year-long search for the replacement for previous executive director, Juanita Hardy. Hilton has served as interim executive director for the past year and is excited to continue her leadership of CulturalDC.
Hilton’s work has been invaluable in expanding CulturalDC’s scope and furthering the organization’s mission. In the 18 months she has served as interim executive director, Hilton has increased corporate giving, created new artist opportunities and has orchestrated the company’s first ever day-long arts and urban innovation summit, bringing together artists, developers and thought-leaders from across the country for VISIONDC. “Tanya’s energy, enthusiasm and vision have been a driving force during this time of transition,” says Maurice Perry, president of CulturalDC’s Board of Directors, “We are thrilled to continue working with her as executive director.”
With over 25 years of experience in technology and organization development, Hilton has directed senior executives in public and private sectors. After Hilton started her career with IBM, she translated her technology experience into large-scale organization transformations through an IBM-sponsored MBA program at Harvard University. She led consulting practices in the non-profit, private and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton. Her innovative work with non-profit organizations continued through her consulting group, Hilton Advisors LLC and with her leadership with the Educational Foundation for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Hilton also served as a member of the Goodman Theater Women’s Board, the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, CulturalDC’s Board of Directors and as a founding member of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation “100 Group.” Beyond her career in technology and organization development, Hilton was also a performing artist in the U.S. and Europe.
CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of artist space, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 30,000 audience members and participants who patronize local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy.
CulturalDC is generously supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, DC Housing Authority, Congressional Commercial, Daimler, S&R Foundation, Washington Gas, Altria, Susan and Dixon Butler, Bank of America, Peter Miller and Sara Cormeny, Foulger Pratt, Pepco/Exelon, VOA Associates, CastroHaase PLC, Bozzuto, Telesis, and Eagle Bank.