Music Alumna Named Executive Director of Art Sanctuary

Valerie Gay BM '89 (Voice) to lead Philly-based African-American arts organization

July 18, 2012

Valerie Gay BM '89 (Voice) has been named executive director of Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia's leading African-American arts and letters organization. Gay will assume leadership responsibilities from founder Lorene Cary, who will continue to serve as a staunch advocate for access to arts and arts education throughout urban communities.

As the former assistant dean for Institutional Advancement for the College of Education at Temple University, Gay brings not only a demonstrated commitment to promoting the arts as a tool to advance community, but also local and national recognition as a strong civic leader, proven fundraising expertise, and a sincere appreciation for how Art Sanctuary has contributed to the artistic fabric of Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia native has spent more than 15 years serving in various employment and volunteer capacities in business, not-for-profit and arts arenas. At Temple, she established the Making a Difference Project, an educational philanthropic gift registry that matches the needs of classroom teachers with donors' interests, as well as provides volunteer opportunities for students and alumni. An accomplished singer, Gay has performed in operas, musical theater and solo concert recitals, and has conducted ensembles in special events across the region and nationally.

Art Sanctuary was founded in 1998 with the purpose of bringing African-American artists to speak, lecture and perform in a venue within the African-American community. Now in its 14th year, Art Sanctuary has continued to use the power of black art to transform individuals, unite groups of people, and enrich and draw inspiration from the inner city with innovative programming, creative partnerships, and the support of the local and national arts communities.

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