Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Washington, D.C. - Today, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the appointment of veteran arts administrator Lisa Richards Toney as Deputy Director.

"I am extremely excited to have Lisa join the DCCAH team," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "She has a long track record of success as an arts professional, including a previous stint with the DCCAH. We are pleased to welcome her back as we continue to grow as a world-class arts destination."

Mrs. Richards Toney, a native Washingtonian, was previously an arts management consultant specializing in strategic planning and production and event management. Prior to consulting, Mrs. Toney served with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four years as Arts Program Manager and Interim Deputy Director.

"I am honored to return to serving the Washington, D.C. arts community and the residents of our city.  I look forward to working together with all of you and the committed team at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to make an indelible impact on the arts and the community at large," said Richards Toney.

She earned her Masters Degree in Educational Theater from New York University with coursework in Arts Administration and her Bachelors Degree as a Presidential Scholar from Spelman College in Drama and English. Mrs. Richards Toney was awarded a Vilar Institute for Arts Management Fellowship with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the management structure of Black British Dance Companies in the United Kingdom.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part
by the National Endowment for the Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities | 1371 Harvard Street N.W. | Washington | DC | 20009

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