Artworks Trenton Appoints M’kina Tapscott as Executive Director

Artworks Trenton, a leading visual arts center in central New Jersey, has announced the appointment of M’kina Tapscott as executive director, beginning January 18. The selection of Tapscott followed an intensive search and selection process. Tapscott succeeds Lauren Otis, executive director since February 2016, who in 2021 announced his intention to step down.

Tapscott’s 15-year career in education, access, curation, and advocacy resonates with Artworks’ mission “to connect community, culture, and creativity through the arts.” Beginning with her work as director of dducation and programs at Project Row Houses, an art and social service development in Houston, TX, and continuing through education and outreach positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Tapscott has championed the primacy of art in building community and advancing social change. Concurrent with her curatorial and administrative work, Tapscott has taught art history and studio art at all levels — most recently at the University of Houston and Houston Community College. A practicing artist, she holds an MFA from the University of Houston and a BFA form Texas State University.

Artworks Trenton, a nonprofit visual arts center, has been providing community-based art and cultural opportunities in Trenton for more than 30 years. In addition to hosting Art All Night and Art All Day, Artworks presents an impressive year-round schedule of exhibitions, art education programs, and public art projects. The city of Trenton provides use of the Artworks facility at 19 Everett Alley in support of Artworks’ work towards developing a thriving and diverse arts community within the city.

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