NCAPER, the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, has announced the addition of Mollie Quinlan-Hayes to its staff, in the new position of Fund Development and Program Officer. She will work with the Executive Director and Steering Committee to advance the goals and objectives of NCAPER and assist in program administration and advocacy efforts.
Janet Newcomb, executive director of the Coalition, reported, “Although we had many applicants and strong semi-finalists for this important position, it was Mollie's knowledge and experience in readiness for the arts sector and her cultural sensitivity that put her in a class by herself.”
NCAPER is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations. The Coalition helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
Quinlan-Hayes is, and will continue as, Rauschenberg Grants Coordinator for the New York Foundation for the Arts, guiding two artist emergency grant programs. Previously she served as Deputy Director of South Arts, a Regional Arts Organization, where she led the development of ArtsReady and other regional and national programs; as a consultant and speaker in readiness planning, program design and advocacy; and as Assistant Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has served on the NCAPER Steering Committee since 2009. “It’s exciting and gratifying to transition into this new role with NCAPER and help to expand its reach and capacity,” Quinlan-Hayes said. “As the country faces increasing uncertainty and crises both natural and human-caused, the arts sector must be at the table. Not only must we become more resilient and prepared, but our sector can and must bring creative problem-solving to community planning and emergency response.”