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Lisa Hoffman Named New Executive Director of Alliance of Artists Communities

“I have long been inspired and energized by the great work of the Alliance and its membership. It’s my privilege to succeed Caitlin Strokosch and expand upon the impressive work she accomplished during her tenure. I look forward to partnering with the Alliance team and Board of Directors to continue to deliver value to our members and the creative community."

International artist residency network Alliance of Artists Communities has named Lisa Hoffman as its next Executive Director, effective July 2016. She succeeds former Executive Director, Caitlin Strokosch who led the Alliance for nearly a decade. 

"It is an honor to be selected,” said Lisa Hoffman. “I have long been inspired and energized by the great work of the Alliance and its membership. It’s my privilege to succeed Caitlin Strokosch and expand upon the impressive work she accomplished during her tenure. I look forward to partnering with the Alliance team and Board of Directors to continue to deliver value to our members and the creative community.” 

A proven leader in the residency field, Hoffman comes to the Alliance with a foundation in the sciences and deep experience in the arts, fundraising and institution-building. As the Associate Director at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Hoffman pioneered internationally-recognized models of artist-led community engagement. She also nurtured and advanced the Center’s flagship programs: the Innovation Institute and the Environmental Artist in Residency Program.

Prior to McColl, Hoffman served as Director of the Charlotte Nature Museum, an environmental education museum serving 75,000+ visitors each year. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, her track record demonstrates her commitment to place-based education, the improvement of schools in marginalized communities and research in creative placemaking.  

Hoffman's selection resulted from an extensive national search guided by WESTAF. The Executive Director Search Committee included Alliance trustees and representatives from member programs. "We are thrilled to have an individual with the vision, voice and thoughtfulness that Lisa brings,” said Alliance of Artists Communities' Board Chair Jason Kalajainen. “Lisa's recent work at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Discovery Place Inc., as well as her work on the National Museum and Library Services Board, Jazz Arts Initiative Board and the Alliance of Artists Communities Board demonstrate her strategic thinking, clear communication and relationship-building skills in action and to the benefit of the constituents she serves." 

Hoffman’s public speaking experience at national events includes the National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture and the Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference. She received Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2008 and was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Hoffman takes the organizational reins in the midst of the Alliance’s 25th anniversary celebration. Founded in 1991 by the leaders of 18 artist residency programs, the Alliance has grown to include over 400 residencies in 20 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Since 2004, the Alliance has provided more than $2 million in direct grant funding to artists and artist residency centers.  

“It has been an extraordinary gift to lead the Alliance,” said former Executive Director, Caitlin Strokosch. “And I am so excited to pass the torch to Lisa. She brings unmatched brilliance, energy and passion to this work and I know that she will advance the Alliance’s unique culture of innovation and dedication to creative environments of all kinds. I look forward to seeing the next chapter of the Alliance under her inspired leadership!”



"I am so thrilled with the choice of Lisa Hoffman to lead the next chapter of the Alliance of Artists Communities' work. Lisa brings a unique set of experiences and expertise supporting artists, working across sectors and designing innovative programs. She also brings a collaborative spirit, a warm and welcoming soul and an incredible energy for creative ideas that no doubt will lead the Alliance and the field to great new things." – Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts

“I am thrilled that Lisa Hoffman will be taking on the role of Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities. During our work together in Charlotte, her focus was always on making her organization outward facing, reaching deep into the community and seeking truly diverse audiences. I can’t wait to see her put these skills to work helping artists residencies across the world.” – Dennis Scholl, Former Vice President of Arts at Knight Foundation. 

“I am so excited for Lisa and The Alliance of Artists Communities! Lisa is a powerhouse— she can transform goals from all over the map into a unified vision. I worked with Lisa at the McColl Center, as an Artist in Residence—she is a pleasure to work with and makes everyone excited to be involved the process. I am continually impressed how she can turn great concepts into even greater realities.” – Stacy Levy, Artist 

“As an advisory board member at the McColl Center, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Lisa, and was so delighted to get this news! She is incredibly open and a fantastic listener. She is also a conscientious translator who takes what she learns and moves it into concrete action. Caitlin left big shoes to fill. I feel certain that, in Lisa, the Alliance has found its next great leader.” – Ruby Lerner, Former President and Executive Director of Creative Capital 


About the Alliance of Artists Communities 

Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' residencies, in order to advance the endeavors of artists. For more information: