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DVAA welcome new staff members Familiar faces take on new roles at DVAA

DVAA’s Grants Coordinator, Laura E. J. Moran will be managing DVAA’s regrant programs and related technical assistance offerings, as well as the student scholarship opportunities. Contributed.

NARROWSBURG - The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to announce the addition of two new members to their staff. As DVAA’s Grants Coordinator, Laura E. J. Moran will be managing DVAA’s regrant programs and related technical assistance offerings, as well as the student scholarship opportunities. DVAA’s year-round exhibitions, which include solo and group exhibitions and the annual Art in Sixes, will be overseen by Krissy Smith who will be succeeding long-time Gallery Director Rocky Pinciotti. “DVAA is fortunate to have these two outstanding individuals join our team at this time” said Executive Director Ariel Shanberg. “The arts play a vital role in sustaining our communities. They provide an essential space for dialogue and attract audiences from near and far to our region. Laura and Krissy each bring a vast range of experiences and valuable perspectives that will enrich our programs and benefit the artists and communities DVAA serves for years to come.” Moran has lived in the Upper Delaware River Valley for 20 years and, as both artist and programmer, worked with many cultural organizations in the region including Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, NACL, and ENGN Cntr. A visual artist, writer, performer and educator, she holds a MFA in Creative Writing and was an invited attendee to the Lincoln Center Teaching Artist Leadership Lab in 2019; she also collects oral histories and is passionate about the region and how that makes persons who they are. Moran’s arrival coincided with the launch of the 2021 Arts for Sullivan Grant Cycle and has already been engaging with the past and future applicants. In taking on her new role, Moran said, ”I am so excited to be part of DVAA's team helping to administer county and state grants for local artists and art organizations. The grants are very accessible this year with no matching funds requirement, thereby broadening opportunity for the arts to continue in this challenging time. Arts catalyze people and communities, bring joy, let us see other points of view, open dialogues, give hope. There is no better time than the present— if you have a project in mind, apply. The applications are not difficult, and I am here to assist everyone with the process. Give me a call!”

Krissy Smith has succeeded long-time DVAA Gallery Director Rocky Pinciotti. Contributed.

In Fall 2020, Krissy Smith began overseeing DVAA’s celebrated visual arts program. A familiar face to many as the owner and proprietor of The Callicoon Theater since 2018, she has ushered in a new era of community engagement, broadening its cinematic programming in an effort to connect with wider audiences. Recently, Smith has worked with the Callicoon Business Association to produce the Callicoon Art Walk in 2018 & 2019. Previously Smith worked for the internationally acclaimed St. Ann’s Warehouse, a non-profit presenting arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. There she excelled at helping organizations succeed through creative programming, intuitive collaborations and mission-driven projects. Smith curated and co-directed St. Ann's only annual developmental theater program Puppet Lab/Labapalooza!) for seven years and was responsible for The Studio at St. Ann’s, a community flex-space designed for outreach and public engagement with underserved audiences in Brooklyn. In taking on this new role, Smith said “I’m very excited to join DVAA’s team and engage with artists again. The arts are a necessary part of life. We need them in order to navigate and process these extraordinary times." DVAA’s longtime gallery director Rocky Pinciotti helped Smith shepherd for the 2020 Art in Sixes, an annual tradition at DVAA that Pinciotti launched in 2005 before retiring in November. Speaking on Pinciotti’s tenure at DVAA, Shanberg said “Over the past 16 years Rocky has brought DVAA’s gallery program to new heights. Whether he was installing an exhibition, crafting a pop-up event like the Radius series or ‘Art in Bloom,’ coordinating the Riverfest Poster Auction, or managing the massive undertaking that is ‘Art in Sixes,’ Rocky’s artist-centered approach reflected his unparalleled dedication and passion for the arts and our arts community. All of us who are part of DVAA and the communities it serves are grateful for his contributions. He is passing on the baton for a dynamic program to Krissy and he joins us in our excitement for this next chapter in DVAA’s visual arts programming.”

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