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New Hope Arts names Christine Ramirez Executive Director


The Board of Directors of New Hope Arts announced Tuesday, the appointment of Christine Ramirez as its new executive director, effective March 4.

Ramirez’s journey with New Hope Arts began in 2005 when she joined as the director’s assistant, working closely alongside the organization’s inspirational founder, Robin Larsen. She played a pivotal role in shaping the artistic vision of the center until the unexpected passing of Larsen in 2009.

In the absence of a director, Ramirez, with the unwavering support of the board of directors, along with several volunteers, dedicated herself to running the arts center for two years. Her first priority was her family, and the nonprofit art center was able to engage longtime supporter and art historian Carol Cruickshanks to take the helm. Ramirez transitioned into the role of exhibition specialist, and the two worked symbiotically for more than a decade.

Together with her team, including Ramirez, Stefanie Beaumont, Michelle Kott and Sandy Morrison, as well as a dedicated team of volunteers and committed board members, Cruickshanks guided the center through sustained growth for over a decade.

In 2023, while New Hope Arts was temporarily closed for renovations, Ramirez was employed by the Michener Art Museum as a preparator. When she learned about Cruickshanks’ retirement, however, Ramirez applied for the position of executive director.

“Assuming the leadership at New Hope Arts is more than a career move for me; it’s a deeply personal journey that spans 18 years of devotion to this organization and community,” Ramirez said. “In this role, I aim to build upon Robin and Carol’s legacy while bringing a different perspective into our artistic endeavors, particularly in the realms of musical, theatrical, and literary arts, as well as stretching our boundaries in fine arts and crafts. My commitment extends beyond professional duties – it’s a genuine desire to nurture the soul of this community through the magic of art.”

Cruickshanks said Ramirez’s “passion for the arts, maturity and awareness of the beginnings of New Hope Arts as well as her commitment to the vision for the future make our goals achievable.”

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