GERMANTOWN, Md. (October 21, 2019) – The Board of Trustees of BlackRock Center for the Arts announces it has hired Lynn Andreas Arndt, JD to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Arndt is a long-time resident of Montgomery County, and has most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Interfaith Works for two years, and prior to that was Deputy Director of Rockville Community Ministries for six years.
“We are thrilled to have Lynn’s energy, creativity, and most of all her business and development acumen put to work for BlackRock. She knows the community well, and her success in development will be a huge asset to BlackRock,” said Melane Kinney Hoffmann, Chair of the Board of Trustees at BlackRock. John Compton, Vice Chair of the Board, said “Lynn is brimming with great ideas for how BlackRock can further engage the community, and build on and celebrate our area’s rich diversity.”
Hoffmann acknowledged the debt BlackRock owes to Alyona Ushe, Executive Director, who has been at the helm of BlackRock since 2017, and has expanded BlackRock’s creative offerings and outreach in the community. “Alyona’s artistic vision, including BlackRock without Borders, the Creative Consortium that supports our local arts organizations, and the creation of new free outdoor festivals will give us a great roadmap for the next generation of BlackRock. We look forward to building on her vision, working with our great staff, volunteers, and members.” Ushe is excited to returnto Florida and resume her reconnections with its arts communities, where she has previously launched several new cultural arts centers in Delray Beach and Pompano Beach.
“I am thrilled to pass the baton to Lynn. Her passion for Montgomery County and her immense nonprofit experience will benefit BlackRock greatly,” Ushe said.
As CEO Arndt will oversee all aspects of BlackRock’s operations and programs, including its series of performances and workshops on three stages; a robust arts education program including dance, theater, music, and visual arts; an award-winning art gallery; and various community outreach and partnership programs.
Arndt said, “I am honored to join this exciting center of cultural and community life. Having lived close by for more than 25 years, I know firsthand how important BlackRock is to the community. I look forward to working with an exceptional Board, dedicated staff team, and a host of treasured volunteers to continue building on BlackRock’s success.”
About BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Germantown, Maryland, provides a variety of live music performances, exhibitions, and arts education for people of all ages in Upper Montgomery County and the surrounding area. Our welcoming 30,000+ square foot facility is visited by more than 40,000 people each year. BlackRock Center for the Arts includes two theaters, two galleries, several artist and dance studios, outdoor concert stage, rooftop terrace, and a stunning lobby space with soaring ceilings and beautiful natural light. Come celebrate the rich diversity of artistic expression and cultural heritage in Upper Montgomery County!