Deb Dormody has a high level of skill in both the operational practices of successful organizations, as well as an expertise in mission-driven programming. As Deputy Director, Deb manages the organization’s residency consortium grantmaking programs, produces the Alliance’s annual conference and Emerging Program Institute, and develops strategy for programs and research projects providing services to members working in the field of artist residencies. Prior to joining the Alliance, Deb was the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence. She acted as the liaison to the city’s arts and cultural community, providing consultation for non-profit organizations, as well as artist management and coordination of city services for events and films, all while intent on making government more streamlined and transparent. She administered a grantmaking program aimed at enriching Providence’s neighborhoods through the performing arts. Deb also provided policy and strategy input for city projects related to zoning and public space use. As Program Director for Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, she launched a series of programs centered on creating a positive and flourishing environment for residents and visitors alike.
For 8 years, Deb was a co-owner at Craftland, Providence’s shop housing a craft school and artists’ gallery showcasing fine art and craft from local and national independent artists. Additionally, Deb founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000 and continues exhibit her handmade books in galleries around the country. She is featured in the film documentary and companion book Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine. Deb is originally from Bristol, CT, where annually there is a festival dedicated to the Chrysanthemum. She has a BA in Creative Arts from Bradford College in Massachusetts, and serves as co-chair on the board of the Dirt Palace Public Projects in Providence, RI.
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