BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Krista Rimple Bradley joins the not-for-profit arts organization as its new Executive Director on August 6. She replaces Charlotte Sommers, who leaves the Washington area after a successful four-year stint at BlackRock. As Executive Director, Bradley is responsible for developing, guiding and implementing the strategies, programming and operations of the arts center, as well as overseeing the day-to-day execution of BlackRock’s fundraising, marketing, arts programming and operations. BlackRock Board President, Jean Casey, says that “Krista brings more than 20 years of experience as a seasoned arts administrator, funder, consultant and leader in the performing arts presenting field, having worked with a variety of local, regional, and national arts organizations and foundations. The Search Committee was impressed with Krista’s intelligence, extensive experience in all aspects of arts administration, and leadership in the performing arts field. She also brings a wide network of relationships from the performing arts and funding communities, which she will leverage in her work leading BlackRock in its next phase of growth.”
Bradley states that she is “thrilled to be joining BlackRock at this exciting time in its 10-year history and I look forward to building on its past success. BlackRock is poised to be a model multidisciplinary arts center, offering local residents affordable and convenient opportunities to participate in, learn about, and explore a wide range of performing, visual and creative arts --be it through classes, workshops, or performances of high quality regional, national and international artists. I’m excited about broadening and diversifying our programming and increasing opportunities for residents of all ages to explore and engage with the arts more fully.”
Most recently, Bradley has been Program Officer for Performing Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, where she managed performing arts touring and funding programs for presenters and artists in the Foundation’s nine states and jurisdictions and curated annual rosters of regional, national and international performing artists for touring across the mid-Atlantic region. She has served as a consultant, funder and arts administrator with a variety of performing arts and philanthropic organizations to commission and develop new work, support artists, facilitate presenting, producing, and touring collaborations and engage diverse communities in meaningful ways.
Prior to joining Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Bradley worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Washington Performing Arts Society, the Walker Arts Center and Harlem Stage on programming and audience and community engagement initiatives. She has directed national and regional arts programs for OPERA America and the Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund and held management positions with both Houston Grand Opera and Virginia Opera. Bradley is a frequent grants panelist and reviewer for national and regional funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She holds a B.A. degree in Literature and Society from Brown University.
Bradley is delighted to take on this leadership position at BlackRock and concludes: “I believe the arts are central to a vibrant community life and help create an enriched sense of place. I look forward to working with our board, staff and community leaders to realize BlackRock’s potential to be that vital hub and catalyst in Upper Montgomery County.“