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Maryland Hall chooses former Connecticut nonprofit staffer as new head

The Maryland Hall Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jackie Coleman as its new executive director. The regional arts center in Annapolis serves over 100,000 people each year through art galleries, theater, education and outreach.

In a press release, Maryland Hall described Coleman as an experienced nonprofit leader and advocate for the arts, who most recently served as senior community impact officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Hartford, Conn. While in that role, Coleman led the organization’s arts strategy and the creation of Catalyst for the Arts, an initiative to help arts organizations develop sustainable programming and operations in response to the COVID pandemic.

“Maryland Hall's vision of Art for All resonates deeply with me,” Coleman was quoted in the release. “I am honored to step into this position and build on the organization's existing legacy while finding dynamic opportunities that bring the arts even further into the community.”

Coleman’s career also includes roles in education, administration, leadership, and performance – which the board considers key to fulfilling Maryland Hall’s mission of Art For All as a regional arts hub, the release stated.

The new executive director earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina. Her career has included serving as director of education at Hartford Stage from 2003-09, and working as senior executive advisor for the arts at Hartford Public Schools from 2009-14.

“We are honored to welcome Jackie as our new Executive Director,” said Maryland Hall Board of Directors Chair Debbie Mayer. “Her breadth of experienced as an advocate for and leader in the arts is certain to guide us as we strive to fulfill our mission of Art for All at Maryland Hall.”

Coleman expects to start her tenure later this spring. For more information, visit

--from press release

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