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ARTE NOIR Announces Executive Director, Staff, and Board Members

The independent arts & cultural space opens summer 2022 at Midtown Square

ARTE NOIR Executive Director Jazmyn Scott

ARTE NOIR's Executive Director, Jazmyn Scott, credit Nii Okaidja

Seattle, WA – New Central District Black arts & cultural space, ARTE NOIR, welcomes new staff and board members this week. Jazmyn Scott, Cultural Curator and former Director of Programs & Partnerships at LANGSTON, has just been announced as ARTE NOIR’s Executive Director, with Web and Editorial Director Hilary Northcraft and Marketing Manager Taelore Rhoden.


ARTE NOIR Board Member Karinda Harris said:

“The heart and soul of ARTE NOIR are its people; the organization exists to uplift Black artists. What better person to lead an organization rooted in this purpose than someone who lives and breathes its mission? Jazmyn Scott is the answer. Her diverse experiences and extensive portfolio, coupled with her excellent leadership qualities and creative & collaborative work style, are a powerful combination that will nurture the team, artists, and work of ARTE NOIR.” 


On Jazmyn’s appointment, new Board Member Eric Gerard Parsons had this to say:

“Jazmyn Scott has been a powerhouse in the Seattle arts community for many years. I am pleased and proud to have her at the helm of ARTE NOIR as its Executive Director. A wearer of many hats - arts & culture advocate, leader, and curator - Jazmyn's approach is consistent, fresh, and grounded. We look forward to her exceptional leadership here.”


Jazmyn comes to ARTE NOIR as a long-time advisor and community organizer. For the past 6 years, Jazmyn has served as the Director of Programs & Partnerships for LANGSTON; Seattle’s hub for Black arts and culture and was the non-profit organization’s first employee. She is the co-founder of 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, a digital “time capsule” highlighting Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop, and co-curator of The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry; which won the 2016 American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History award. Jazmyn’s service to community is also reflected in her leadership as board vice president for both Earshot Jazz and The Residency, and she serves on a variety of arts advisory boards. 


Board Member Juan Alonso-Rodríquez said the following:

“I am thrilled Jazmyn Scott has joined ARTE NOIR as its Executive Director. She has been responsible for numerous successful programs and projects, bringing invaluable experience to her new position. Among her accomplishments and contributions to Seattle's arts & culture community, watching and experiencing Jazmyn's leadership and vision at LANGSTON was impressive.”


ARTE NOIR also welcomes new faces to its board of directors. Joining ARTE NOIR Founder Vivian Phillips, Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríquez, and Karinda Harris, Senior Community Relations Manager at Vulcan Inc., are Raymond Tymas-Jones, President of Cornish College, Eric Gerard Parsons, incoming Director of Philanthropy for Community Roots Housing, and Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie Restaurant and Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Executive Director.


On the new team and leadership, Vivian Phillips said: 

“This board and staff expansion bring an impressive depth of arts, community, philanthropic expertise, support, and Black leadership to ARTE NOIR. Jazmyn will undoubtedly bring the leadership and community relationships that will propel ARTE NOIR toward success.”




ARTE NOIR is an independent arts organization that exists to uplift Black artists!


Founded by Vivian Phillips, ARTE NOIR originated as an online publication dedicated to showcasing and uplifting Black art, artists, and culture. The publication launched in late May 2021 and the non-profit was incorporated on June 1, 2021. The brick-and-mortar location is an expansion of the mission and will complement ARTE NOIR’s continued online presence with its Black art gallery and Black culture retail shop.


ARTE NOIR's mission is to create space, stability, opportunity, and training to serve the needs of the displaced Black creative community with a permanent location at Midtown Square. 


Link to Official Press Release PDF

Meet The Board

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Vivian Phillips

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Juan Alonso-Rodríguez


Eric Gerard Parsons

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Raymond Tymas-Jones