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BlackRock Center for the Arts Names New Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of BlackRock Center for the Arts announced its new Executive Director, Alyona Ushe. She returns to the greater Washington area after having worked for the New Orleans Opera Association, and more recently in South Florida, where she led the development of multi-arts facilities in collaboration with local government, foundations, and other funding streams.

Ushe began her arts management career in 1995 in Arlington, Virginia as Founder and Executive Director of Classika Theater, a diverse theater company and performing and visual arts academy.

“We are delighted to have Alyona’s experience, energy, and most of all, her enthusiasm put to work as BlackRock celebrates its 15th year of bringing arts to Montgomery County and the Washington metropolitan area.” said Melane Kinney Hoffmann, Chair of the Board of Trustees at BlackRock. She continued, “We believe Alyona’s leadership and passion for the arts will help BlackRock further engage the community and guide the Center into the future of exciting opportunities.”

Ushe will oversee all operat