In this fireside chat, BRIC’s new President, Kristina Newman-Scott, will sit down with BRIC TV managing editor Brian Vines to introduce herself to the community and share her thoughts on leadership in arts and culture.
ABOUT KRISTINA NEWMAN-SCOTT
As the first immigrant and first woman of color to serve as Director of Culture and State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of Connecticut, Kristina Newman-Scott oversaw all aspects of the state’s programs and services related to art, culture, and historic preservation. She led the development of the first statewide strategic planning process using a human-centered design methodology; secured funding for innovative capital improvement projects at arts and cultural sites across Connecticut; and worked with Connecticut municipalities to integrate artistic practice and processes for innovative economic and community development.
Newman-Scott’s awards and recognitions include a 2018 Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund, Woman of Inspiration; a 2017 Writers Block, ACE Awardee; Hartford Business Journal Forty Under 40; a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow; a Hive Global Leadership selectee; and a Next City, Urban Vanguard. She is the winner of the Americans for the Arts 2018 Selina Roberts Ottum Award, which recognizes an individual working in arts management who has made a meaningful contribution to his or her local community, and who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities; and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, for contributions to the fields of arts and culture in the state of Connecticut and nationally. Newman-Scott serves on the boards of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, The Connecticut Forum, and the New England Foundation for the Arts as well the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council. She has been a TEDx speaker, visiting curator, guest lecturer, or featured presenter at colleges, universities, organizations and events throughout Connecticut, across the country and internationally.
In addition to being a visual artist, Newman-Scott was a creative strategies consultant and a television and radio producer in Jamaica, where she was born and raised. She became a U.S. citizen in 2013.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.