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Meet Dashboard’s Director of Operations & Director of Special Projects
Agency continues to scale, announces two new directors
ATLANTA - Today Dashboard U.S. announces the agency has filled two new director positions following a national call for a Director of Operations. The group welcomes Oshun Layne (NYC) as the new Director of Operations and Hannah Leathers (DEN), having been with Dashboard since 2017, has been promoted to Director of Special Projects.
Since 2015, Dashboard has scaled rapidly producing 35 major art activations and exhibitions in 13 U.S. cities. The group has hosted hundreds of free public programs and commissioned new work by 169 artists. In 2017 alone, Dashboard projects invested $700,000 in local economies around the country. These two new director positions will increase capacity and continue Dashboard’s international trajectory.
OSHUN LAYNE | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONs
Oshun Layne comes to Dashboard following years as the Director of Galleries for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York. She most recently acted as guest curator for Dashboard’s Golden Hour exhibition at Oakland Cemetery. In her new role as Director of Operations, Oshun will oversee implementation of the Dashboard’s national exhibition schedule, and develop processes that encourage financial stability and strategic growth.
“Over the last several years, I have been fortunate to watch the growth of Dashboard. Beth Malone and Courtney Hammond have reimaged how public art can breathe new life into unconventional spaces, while providing platforms for artists to push the envelope on their creative practice,” Oshun Layne said. “As Dash continues to excel as an organization, I look forward to this new chapter in my career and being an instrumental part of this team of amazing individuals.”
“Oshun is bringing a ton of experience to this position,” Dashboard Executive Director Beth Malone said. “She’s also showing up with her unique brand of wisdom and grace, and her killer sense of humor. We’re thrilled she’s joining us and know she’ll help us attain some very ambitious goals.”
HANNAH LEATHERS | DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Hannah Leathers has been working behind-the-scenes for Dashboard since April 2017 as the Communications Manager where she has been pivotal in refining and growing the agency’s marketing strategies and client relations. With Hannah’s promotion to the Director of Special Projects she will be involved in all projects and serve the organization in an administrative, strategic, and artistic capacity.
“I couldn't feel luckier to be a part of Dashboard's recent and future growth,” Hannah Leathers said. “Courtney and Beth have carved out an incredibly unique niche organization; one that turns arts administration into a true art form. They are two of the most radically creative, smart, and caring people I know. Such good things are on the horizon for Dash, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.“
"Hannah played a pivotal role at Dashboard over the past year," said Dashboard Creative Director Courtney Hammond. "Her ability to navigate a workload meant for a small army with finesse and care is exceptional. We look forward to Hannah’s wonderfully creative and thoughtful touch throughout our programs and organization as we move into a new era at Dash.”
Dashboard U.S. 2018-19 calendar will host a diverse selection of art commissions, artist grants, arts-forward placemaking, and cross-media collaboration around the globe including Los Angeles, Miami, Macon, Detroit, Reno, Atlanta, New York, Denver, Tokyo and London. More >>> http://www.dashboard.us/upcoming/
About Dashboard U.S.
Dashboard specializes in artist-led projects & human-centered design to improve the livability of our public spaces. www.dashboard.us
About Oshun Layne
Through arts education, programming, artist development, strategic partnerships, and mentorship, Oshun Layne has been successful in bringing multicultural and multidisciplinary art forms to diverse populations. Most recently, she has carved out her curatorial imprint in museums and galleries regionally, working with scores of local and international artists. Graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, Oshun’s educational and professional journey lead to her become the Director of Galleries for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. In this role, she increased regional audience participation and engagement by supervision of exhibitions and programming in multiple venues such as Rush Arts Gallery in NYC, Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn and Rush Arts Philly in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to Rush, she coordinated arts education programs where she oversaw the administration of educational volunteers, docents and interns for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. In 2016, she was selected by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Club, Inc. as a Professional Award Honoree. In the same year, Oshun further honed her professional leadership and development when she was chosen to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy. Oshun is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management at Hunter College.
About Hannah Leathers
Hannah Leathers is the Director of Special Projects for Dashboard. She has been with Dashboard since early 2017 where she started as the agency’s Communications Managers. Prior to, from 2015 to 2017, Hannah worked for the City of Atlanta’s Public Art Program. She spearheaded projects such as the Mural Bike Rack Program, which received awards from the Mayor of Atlanta and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. She was also a project leader for Elevate Atlanta, a 7-day public art and performance celebration in Downtown Atlanta; Journey to Freedom, a mural project featuring women from the Civil Rights Movement, and several other large-scale public art projects.
Hannah holds a BFA in Studio Art/Art Education, and a Master’s in Art Education from the University of Georgia. She has a special interest in research surrounding public art, and the intersection between art and social justice. Hannah’s drawings and paintings have been shown in Atlanta and Denver, and have appeared in publications including British GQ, Huffington Post, and in Casper Mattress marketing campaigns. She has sat on selection panels for the Atlanta Art on the Beltline; and has consulted/volunteered for several organizations such as Crush Walls, Platte Forum, and LKMNDD Productions. Hannah continues to use her background in education by teaching when she can; most recently, she was selected by Platte Forum as a Lead Artist to teach 16 high-schoolers a weekly drawing and gender/social justice class.