Our Staff

Hope Chávez

Hope Chávez

Executive Director


Hope is a creative producer, facilitator, and non-profit arts leader. Hope is called to center joy and justice to shift systems of power to radically support the underserved culture makers in her community. Her highlight reel includes adventures at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Associate Producer) and Long Wharf Theatre (Director of Artistic Planning). Hope serves as Co-President of The New Haven Pride Center's Board and as an advisory council member with Accountability for Abundance ( Theatre Communications Group).

Winter Marshall

Winter Marshall

Operations Director


Winter is a graduate of Branford Hall Career Institute and started as an intern at the Arts Council in 1999. Since then she's held several positions here with her favorite being cultural consumer. She enjoys theater, reading, and traveling with her teenage daughter.
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Rebekah Moore

Program Director


Rebekah, a New Haven native, is known for her vibrant spirit, welcoming aura, and devotion to youth and community. She graduated from Southern CT State University with a Bachelors in Psychology & is the co-owner of #ThaTeam Podcast and is their Program Manager. She is  passionate about uplifting artists by pushing them to their fullest potential. As Program Director, her goal is to fill the need for artistic creativity and engage the community in all artforms.


Lucy Gellman

Editor, Arts Paper


Lucy is a lapsed art historian who loves wordplay almost as much as community building. Prior to her time at The Arts Paper she was a reporter at the New Haven Independent and station manager at WNHH Community Radio, where she still produces and hosts Kitchen Sync, a show about food and New Haven. 

Markeshia Ricks

Markeshia Ricks

Temporary Arts Paper Editor


Markeshia is a recovering journalist turned voice actor who dabbles in blogging, podcasting and photography. Before joining the Arts Council she wrote for the New Haven Independent, Air Force Times, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Anniston Star, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Tuscaloosa News.


Mina Khokhar, MBA

Annual Fundraising Manager & Artist Corps Coordinator

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Mina attended Albertus Magnus College for her undergraduate degree in Art Management and her  Entrepreneurship minor, as well as her MBA. She teaches art classes for students at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford in the summer months.  Her magnum opus was curating a show called As⋅Sem⋅Blage at Albertus and the article can be found in the Arts Paper. She loves quilting, collaging, and crocheting! 

Thomas Breen

Thomas Breen

Contributing Editor


Thomas is the editor of the New Haven Independent, with which the Arts Paper shares content. As a part-time contributing editor to the Arts Paper, he proofs articles, bounces around ideas with Editor Lucy Gellman, and asks questions that inform the reporting of the Arts Paper. 

Our Board of Directors

  • Babz Rawls Ivy, Chair
  • Wojtek Borowski, Vice Chair
  • Rayan Saad, Treasurer
  • Katherine Hsu Hagmann, Secretary
  • Patricia Brett
  • Magaly Cajigas
  • Elaine Carroll
  • Joel Dodson
  • Karen DuBois-Walton
    Aneesah Langley
  • Shamain McAllister
  • Analis Quintman


Honorary Member
Frances T. Clark





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