Kristina Newman-Scott was appointed Director of Programs at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2011. Prior to joining the BCA, Newman-Scott was Director of Visual Arts at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut for 51/2years. There she organized and curated over 65 solo exhibitions, six major multi-disciplinary group shows, and four public art projects which included Archaeology of Wonder and Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art. Newman-Scott's appointment ensures that the BCA will be in a position to increase visibility, attract international artists, and serve as a true innovator in the visual arts community – locally, regionally and nationally. Her experience in integrating quality programs with outreach efforts and community engagement will be instrumental in building a comprehensive, responsive group of programs for our extended community of artists and audiences.
In her short time at the BCA, Newman-Scott has reinvigorated our curatorial approach, initiated a meaningful dialogue with the arts community, developed an ambitious program offering for the next year, and emboldened our outlook in creating a significant impact on the artists that we support and the community that we enrich. Since joining the BCA earlier this year, she has overseen the production of three visual arts exhibitions, numerous dance performances, and two contemporary music concerts, and expanded our artist residencies to include international artists. The head of a six-member Program Department, Newman-Scott has taken on a leadership role where her insight and expertise will create a profound impression in Boston’s creative landscape.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Newman-Scott received her BFA from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. Before coming to the U.S., she was an art consultant in Kingston for eight years, and also worked as an on-air television host and producer for CVM, TVJ and RETV, and as an announcer for radio station Fame FM.