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DC Arts Commission Appoints Lisa Richards Toney as New Deputy Director

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Today, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the appointment of veteran arts administrator Lisa Richards Toney as Deputy Director.

“I am extremely excited to have Lisa join the DCCAH team,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “She has a long track record of success as an arts professional, including a previous stint with the DCCAH. We are pleased to welcome her back as we continue to grow as a world-class arts destination.”

Richards Toney, a native Washingtonian, was previously an arts management consultant specializing in strategic planning and production and event management. Prior to consulting, Toney served with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four years as Arts Program Manager and Interim Deputy Director.

"I am honored to return to serving the Washington, DC arts community and the residents of our city. I look forward to working together with all of you and the committed team at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to make an indelible impact on the arts and the community at large,” said Richards Toney.

She earned her master's in educational theater from New York University with coursework in arts administration and her bachelor's degree as a presidential scholar from Spelman College in drama and English. Richards Toney was awarded a Vilar Institute for Arts Management Fellowship with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the management structure of Black British dance companies in the United Kingdom.