In September of 2008, Kelly Hart relocated from Idaho to Bellingham to become the Executive Director for Allied Arts of Whatcom County. She brings over 20 years of experience working in for-profit and non-profit arts organizations. Her wealth of knowledge and abilities are related to the incorporation of the arts into cultural tourism and in community development through programs such as promotion of the public arts. Kelly has served as a member at large for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Bellingham Tourism Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance.
Photo by Thor Ofteness
Judy Taylor, Bookkeeper
We have lost count of how many years Judy has been involved with bookkeeping for the organization. She has also been a vital component in the coordination of our Holiday Festival of the Arts and Chalk ArtFest.
Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator
Katy started out as a volunteer and was hired on when we realized what a great asset she was to the organization. She oversees the programs that promote retail art sales such as our rotating gallery exhibits and the booth coordination for our two festivals.
Julia Moss, Program Assistant
Julia is a recent graduate from Western Washington University with dual degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Art History. She began interning at Allied Arts in the Fall of 2013 picking up two projects, The Arts and Culture Guide and Children’s Art Walk. Since, Julia has continued her role as coordinator for these projects and has enjoyed contributing her time and energy to many more events including Studio Sweep, the annual Holiday Festival, monthly Art Walks, and more. Julia was hired on the Summer of 2015 as Program Assistant, or as her name tag reads “Amazing Princess.”
Erika Lei Hagiiwa, Americorps VISTA
Erika started at Allied Arts as an intern for Whatcom Community College before starting her service year with Americorps VISTA. She works with the Arts Education Project, the Allied Arts Thrift Store, Creative Spaces, and providing opportunities and resources for low income artists.