Kristina Newman-Scott, the state’s director of culture and historic preservation since May 2015, is leaving that post to become president of BRIC, a nonprofit arts hub in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her last day in Hartford is Aug. 3.
Newman-Scott said a search firm courted her for about three months.
“I wasn’t going to consider it but when I gave it a proper look, I realized the organization encompasses every single thing I’ve done in my career: television, curatorial, arts administration, arts education, program development, concerts and performing arts,” she says.
Before the state post, Newman-Scott was director of marketing, events and cultural affairs for the City of Hartford from 2012 to 2015, and before that was director of programs at Boston Center for the Arts for one year. From 2005 to 2010, she was director of visual arts at Real Art Ways in Hartford.
Before emigrating to the United States, Newman-Scott was an arts consultant in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, as well as a TV personality and visual artist.
Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, praised Newman-Scott.
“Kristina has done a terrific job bringing innovation and inclusion to our cultural programs and she will be sorely missed,” Smith wrote in an email. “But I am especially sorry to see her go, having depended on her strong arts experience, creative approach to problems and ever-thoughtful decision-making abilities.”
According to its website, BRIC, an acronym for Brooklyn Information & Culture, “is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City.” The facility has a public media center, exhibit space, two performance spaces, a TV studio and artist work spaces.
Newman-Scott’s husband Gordon Scott is co-owner of Scott’s Jamaican Bakery in Hartford. The couple has two daughters