Scottsdale Arts adds 2 to organization’s fold

The Scottsdale Cultural Council, 7380 E 2nd St., is receiving an additional $450,000 in funding this fiscal year from the city of Scottsdale. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

The Scottsdale Arts, formerly the Scottsdale Cultural Council has offices at 7380 E 2nd St. in downtown. (File photo)

Scottsdale Arts has hired two new staff members: Natalie Marsh has joined the organization as its director of education and outreach; and Jennifer McCabe as curator of contemporary art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Natalie Marsh

Natalie Marsh

Both started their new roles this fall, according to a press release.

Natalie Marsh brings extensive experience as an arts educator and advocate to Scottsdale Arts, where she will lead education and outreach efforts for its three divisions: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA and Scottsdale Public Art.

The new position represents a key goal of the organization’s strategic plan, which calls for centralizing and strengthening Scottsdale Arts’ diverse educational programming in the performing and visual arts, which reaches more than 40,000 participants of all ages and backgrounds annually.

Ms. Marsh most recently served as manager of education and outreach for Calgary’s National Music Centre. She also previously served as education and facilities supervisor for the city of Calgary Parks and as school education and distance-learning coordinator for Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, western Canada’s largest museum.

“Education and outreach are essential to the mission of Scottsdale Arts,” said Scottsdale Arts President and CEO Neale Perl in a prepared statement. “Natalie’s broad experience in arts education and commitment to diversity, collaboration and building community-based partnerships will be great assets to our organization as we grow these important initiatives.”

Ms. McCabe brings an extensive background in contemporary art, education and museum practice to SMoCA. She previously served as executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, where she developed the institution’s contemporary art program through funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She also held the position of assistant director and development director at the nonprofit New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and has had a successful career as an independent curator.

Jennifer McCabe

Jennifer McCabe

Ms. McCabe has taught modern and contemporary art at Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Mills College and City College of San Francisco. Her published works have appeared in numerous artist catalogs and art journals, including FiberArts Magazine, The Present Group and Panorama Journal.

Ms. McCabe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Arizona State University with a focus on feminist art and public practice.

“I am delighted to welcome Jennifer to SMoCA,” said Director and Chief Curator Sara Cochran.

“She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our institution, and her voice is an exciting and significant addition to our staff. We all look forward to working with her.”

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