ArtsWA Executive Director

ArtsWA Exeuctive Director Karen Hanan at a February 2016 Town Hall meeting with NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Location: The Wing Luke Museum.

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) executive director is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor's Small Agency Cabinet. 

Karen Hanan, Executive Director

Phone: 360-586-2423

Karen Hanan was appointed as Executive Director of ArtsWA by Governor Jay Inslee effective March 1, 2014. She has been a long-time colleague of ArtsWA. Since 2000, she served as Executive Director of Arts Northwest, the non-profit, regional performing arts service organization that provides a communications network among presenters of performing arts events, performing artists, agents, and managers throughout the Northwestern US and Canada. In her tenure at Arts Northwest, Karen has overseen the doubling of the organization's membership and budget. Previously, she was the founder and Executive Director of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts (1992-2000). She holds a BA from Leeds Polytechnic in England, and speaks Spanish, French and some German.

Executive Director Reports

These are links to the Executive Director reports presented at regular board meetings of the Washington State Arts Commission. To see the complete minutes of each of the meetings, click here.

February 9, 2016
May 4, 2016
July 26-27, 2016

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