ArtsWA Executive Director
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
Karen J. Hanan was appointed Executive Director of ArtsWA (The Washington State Arts Commission) by Governor Jay Inslee effective March 2014. The agency, established in 1961, is charged with speaking up for the public value of the arts, building leadership in and for the arts, strengthening arts education in our public schools, documenting the impact of the arts on our communities and in peoples’ lives and sharing the findings, building participation in the arts, and acquiring and caring for artwork in the State Art Collection sited at our K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to this appointment, Karen was Executive Director of Arts Northwest, the regional service organization for the performing arts. Before that, she was the founder and first Executive Director of the Olympic Peninsula’s Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, a four day multi-cultural, multi-stage festival held each year over Memorial Day Weekend, as well as offering programs, shows and outreach to locals and visitors year round. Hanan is well known as a resource to the greater arts community in the Northwestern USA, and in 2014 was honored with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of ‘exceptional leadership and dedication to the field.’
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.