We are thrilled, truly, to introduce you to Katy Dang, our new executive director. Ms. Dang–equal parts professionalism, creativity, tenacity and humor—is well suited to this job, our organization and our community.  Ms. Dang is responsible for program operations, fiscal management, development, and interactions with donors, the community and other nonprofits as well as the overall administrative management of the organization

The former editor of Idaho Arts Quarterly, Ms. Dang has ample non-profit leadership experience as well as a Master’s in Art History.  She has run huge international art festivals and coordinated arts programs for inmates.  She is a fearless development professional, and no matter the scale of the task at hand Ms. Dang is someone we can trust not only as a steward, but as a leader whose ideas and ability to implement them will surely make Surel’s Place even better.

When Ms. Dang speaks about art and why it’s important, she can articulate what so many of us feel but find difficult to explain, bringing together the social, cultural and economic value of the arts.  Her life seems always centered on art, art experiences, and making: in her personal travel, as volunteer green room manager for the Hermit Festival, as volunteer in public school art classrooms, as the punk rock editor for Rocker Magazine and as co-proprietor of Cider Sisters.

Thank you to our board and the search committee members (Tim Fearnside, Karen Bub, and Michael Baltzell) who managed this hiring process with me.  Thank you to all of the incredible people who applied for this position.  Thanks to all of the artists, patrons, and donors who helped make Surel’s Place the kind of organization that could attract an executive director as talented as Ms. Dang.