Tia Powell Harris has been appointed executive director of Weeksville Heritage Center. Before this, she served as director of artistic affairs at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for many areas including grant management, admissions and institutional partnerships and outreach. In her new role, she will lead Weeksville in its efforts to expand its education, programming and research capabilities and elevate its standing as one of the nation's leading centers for African American history and culture.
Her tenure will begin on March 17.
"I am very honored and humbled to have been given this great opportunity to lead such a dynamic and historical organization," said Ms. Harris. "Weeksville is such an integral part of the African-American experience in this country. It must be preserved and nurtured for long-term sustainability. I am excited to continue the hard work of fulfilling the vision of my predecessors. What I see as critical for the success of the organization is expanding our donor base, programs and partnerships. I truly believe that Weeksville has a bright future and with the support of the City and our community it will flourish as a leading cultural arts institution in Central Brooklyn and beyond."
A 20-year veteran of promoting arts education and cultural programming, Harris earned a M.A. in Communication Arts & Theater and B.S. in Speech and Drama Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.