Gina Maria Caruso

GINA CARUSO 2720 Miles Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211 808-589-6700, carusogina2@gmail.com EXPERIENCE Executive Director, Creative Alliance 2018 to 2021 Baltimore, MD Led the artistic vision and strategic direction for the Creative Alliance; cultivated individual donors, foundations, and grantors; collaborated and built alliances with non-profits, community stakeholders, state and city officials, staff and board; met and exceeded annual financial goals for a $3.1 million organization; incubated creative risk of expression in the exhibition, performance, film, and residency programs; Implemented bold and transformational programming to support international and area artists, community members, underserved families and children through arts education programs; nurtured a positive, innovative team of 18 full-time staff and100 part-time staff who embrace social justice and equity; oversaw a $5.5 capital campaign for the new Creativity Center; served 37 board members and 8 board committees. Deputy Director, Creative Alliance 2012 to 2018 Baltimore, MD Supervised seven full-time department heads who managed over 60 part-time staff and 400 events per year, including exhibition programs for two galleries, a resident artist program, performances and film screenings in a 200-seat black box theater; arts education for adults and children; a community arts program; operations, marketing and communications; successfully achieved program integration through teamwork and collaboration; exceeded program and revenue goals; developed partnerships with new artists, performers, filmmakers, and audiences; reported to the Executive Director and founder; served on 6 board committees. Director of the Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu Museum of Art 2007-2012 Honolulu, HI Directed and set curatorial vision for an annual film, concert, and performing arts program; provided program support via grants and sponsorships; oversaw all aspects of theater programming, including extensive film research; introduced speakers and organized film symposiums; supervised 10 staff members; cultivated strong partnerships with film sponsors and film festival chairs for eleven film festivals; supervised marketing, including design and social media; managed annual budget; exceeded financial goals; created and analyzed data to improve programming; maintained and built new relationships with film critics, curators, multi-media artists, performers; reported to museum Executive Director. Assistant Photography Editor and Assistant Editor 1998-2001 Washington Post Magazine Washington, DC Researched, assigned and selected photography for first and second feature stories; edited special issues, including Education, Home and Design, Dining, and Fashion; wrote essays on art and photography; photography co-editor for award- winning Millennium and Inaugural issues. Manager of Public Programs 1992-1997 Walters Art Museum Baltimore, MD Planned and coordinated family festivals, an award-winning film program, concerts, seminars, lectures, art workshops for children and adults; managed three full-time staff, plus 15 events assistant and two interns. Education New York University, NY M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing Bard College B.A. in English Literature Received the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize for Creative Writing