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Who We Are

Anne L'Ecuyer is a social impact executive, policy strategist and arts advocate who stays closely connected to an international network of creative leaders and individual artists. She is an expert in creative placemaking and placekeeping, creative industries, and cultural tourism, and the integration of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals in communities in the United States. Throughout her career, Anne has worked in a range of large and small organizations at national, state, and local levels, and consulted with hundreds of arts leaders to provide strategy and support for their efforts.

Benjamen Douglas is an activist, scholar, and practitioner of arts management, cultural policy, and racial equity. His current academic work examines white supremacy in the arts for the purpose of dismantling systemic racism in the field. Over the past two decades, he has served as executive director, program officer, grant reviewer, and consultant to government funders, family foundations, a giving circle, and public foundations—including five years at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, where he led the agency’s grantmaking for capacity building and creative placemaking. During that time, he designed new grant programs and policies, assessed and revised current grant programs, and managed the review, award, and oversight of 400 grants to individuals and organizations totaling approximately $25M, including a new fund for cultural facilities and emergency funding to offset the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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