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LAAC Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. Karen Hall

on January 31, 2019 - 9:16am
New Executive Director Dr. Karen Hall of the Los Alamos Arts Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Karen Hall and the executive director position with the Los Alamos Arts Council seem to be a perfect fit.

According to her website, Hall graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance. She also studied operetta at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. In 2006, she graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Doctor of Education Degree.

She lives and owns a voice studio in Santa Fe.

Hall also has a history with the Los Alamos Arts Council. About three or four years ago, she performed in one of the organization’s Brown Bag shows.

Not only does Hall have the education and background for the job but she said she loves to plan things and describes herself as very organized.

The arts council board also saw the good fit and hired Hall as its executive director. She officially started Jan. 2. The position was previously held by Patrick Neher.

“I’m very happy,” Hall said. “It draws on all my background but gives me new challenges. I don’t like doing the same thing over and over.”

Plus, Hall said she appreciates that the arts council is filled with “good people” and is a community-focused organization. She added the organization’s focus mirrors her own.

“(It) supports the arts,” Hall said. “My whole career has been spent doing that. It’s the core part of who I am.”

The Los Alamos Arts Council offers numerous programs and events to the community. In addition to the monthly Brown Bag performances, the organization is responsible for the Pumpkin Glow, the Kite Festival, two arts and crafts fairs, the Rosalie Heller Memorial Lecture series, the Missoula Children’s Theatre performances and many others.

Hall said the Brown Bag shows are a personal highlight for her but noted the arts and crafts fairs are important to the council because they are the organization’s biggest fundraisers. She added she also sees potential to expand on the senior recitals the organization offers.

Looking into the future, Hall said she hopes to expand and improve all the arts council’s programs as well as apply for more grants, if the arts council’s board approves.

Hall hopes to address the internal operation as well. She said she hopes to recruit more board members and maybe conduct a membership drive as well as offer more incentives to being an arts council member.

“I’m very excited and I want to make this arts council the best it can be,” Hall said. “There’s room for growth and that’s exciting.”