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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Nominates Dr. Heran Sereke-Brhan for Executive Director

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Jeffrey Scott (CAH) -- (202) 724-5613; [email protected]

(Washington) - Today, at the regular monthly meeting of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), members voted to nominate Dr. Heran Sereke-Brhan to be the next executive director for CAH.

“This is a historic moment for the Commission as we select our first executive director as an independent agency within the District of Columbia government,” said Kay Kendall, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The Commission appreciates the great work that Heran has done during her time as interim executive director. She understands the agency and the challenges of the position from an on the ground perspective, but more importantly, she sees the opportunities for success. Heran is positive in her forward-thinking and is always focused on working as a team to develop the artistic and cultural community, and serving the residents of the District of Columbia.”

Dr. Sereke-Brhan has served as the agency’s Interim Executive Director since October 2019, and has been Senior Grants Officer for CAH since July 2017. Prior to joining CAH, she served as Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs. Over the past two decades, Interim Director Sereke-Brhan has worked at a number of cultural and educational institutions, including the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, Addis Ababa University, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. She holds a PhD in History with a minor in African Art History from Michigan State University.

CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia, providing grants and other programs aimed at encouraging progress in the arts and humanities in Washington, DC. The executive director serves as the Commission’s chief administrative officer, and is responsible for the daily management of the agency’s operations and staff. Over 100 applications for the position were received by Polihire, the executive recruitment firm that assisted in the search.

The nomination of CAH’s executive director is subject to the advice and consent of the Council of the District of Columbia. Dr. Sereke-Brhan will serve as acting executive director until her appointment is confirmed by the DC Council.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. As the official arts agency for Washington, DC, CAH is supported by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.