Executive Director Krista Rimple Bradley to Receive 2016 Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award

Krista web(Germantown, MD) BlackRock Center for the Arts Executive Director Krista Rimple Bradley has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award—an award that honors and memorializes the life of Phyllis Campbell Newsome, a visionary community activist and a founding member of Montgomery Women. As a director of community advocacy for the Washington Council of Agencies, Ms. Newsome bettered the life of countless Washington Area individuals and families. Since 2005, Montgomery Women has honored her memory by annually naming a Rising Star. The Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award is given annually to a woman who has shown leadership and potential to make a significant contribution to the Montgomery County community. The 2016 Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award will be presented at Montgomery Women’s Annual Awards Reception and Power Tea at Strathmore Mansion on Sunday, March 20 from 3:00-5:00pm. Attendance at the event is by invitation only. 

Montgomery Women is a nonpartisan organization advancing women in Montgomery County who aspire to leadership positions in the political arena as well as in the business, nonprofit, educational, civic, and governmental sectors. Awardees of the Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award must be a woman who is on the upward curve of her career and mission; given evidence of being an innovator and/or trailblazer; shown potential in making positive changes in her community; demonstrated great leadership; acted as a potential model for others; made some initial success in her volunteer and/or career accomplishments; lives and/or works in Montgomery County, and shows great potential to make a significant contribution to the county’s community.

“I am truly delighted Krista Bradley has been named Montgomery Women’s 2016 Rising Star,” says Tedi Osias, Board President of Montgomery Women. “Krista exemplifies the very best qualities of women in leadership and is a wonderful personification of our mission of launching women leaders.”

Krista Bradley is the Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts, a 1.6M nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center in Germantown, Maryland. As the leading performing and visual arts center in Upper Montgomery County, BlackRock provides professional performing arts performances, visual arts exhibits, and arts education programs for the greater community and serves more than 20,000 people each year. As Executive Director, Krista is responsible for programming the performing arts season and overseeing the day-to-day execution of fundraising, marketing, and operations of the organization. Since she began her tenure in 2012, BlackRock has expanded and refreshed its programming substantially, increased audiences more than 33%, increased contributed and earned revenue by 30%, completed a capital project renovation, received the largest naming gift in its history and secured its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Prior to BlackRock, Krista served for six years as Program Officer of Performing Arts for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, where she managed regional performing arts touring and funding programs for the Foundation’s nine states and jurisdictions. Krista brings more than twenty years of experience working in the nonprofit, performing arts, and philanthropy sectors as a funder, curator, arts administrator, and consultant. Over the course of her career she has worked for and with such organizations as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Walker Arts Center, Washington Performing Arts, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Virginia Opera, Houston Grand Opera, OPERA America and the Wallace Funds.  

Krista has served as a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland and New York States Arts Councils, among others, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences of the performing arts industry. She is a member the 2016 Core Class of Leadership Montgomery, a founding member of Women of Color in the Arts, and a board member of Maryland Citizens for the Arts. She holds a BA degree in Literature and Society from Brown University.   


BlackRock Center for the Arts is the cultural cornerstone and leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.


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