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Thursday, February 28, 2019

ArtWorks Welcomes New Managing Director

ArtWorks is pleased to announce Melissa Currence as the new managing director of communications.
“We are so very excited to be working with such a brilliant talent as Melissa,” said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks’ artistic director and CEO. “She brings a fresh new perspective to our ArtWorks and our mission.”

Currence leads the strategy and execution of innovative marketing and communications plans to advance ArtWorks’ mission. Previously, Currence worked at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Talbert House. She has an accreditation in public relations and is a certified Salesforce administrator. She is president of the Cincinnatus Association and board member of the League of Women Voters of the United States. Currence has a bachelor’s from Xavier University and master’s from the Ohio State University. Currence resides in Hyde Park.

“I am looking forward to spreading ArtWorks’ mission to more people throughout the city,” Currence said.

ArtWorks is excited to Currence join their team.

Founded in 1996, ArtWorks transforms people and places through investments in creativity. To date, ArtWorks has invested in emerging creatives, hiring over 3,500 area Youth Apprentices and 3,000 professional artists, and trained over 580 creative entrepreneurs, supporting the growth and launch of over 365 creative businesses in our region.  ArtWorks is grateful for the support of many individuals and organizations, including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, the generosity of community contributions to the ArtWave Campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council.  Learn more at

Melissa Currence (photo by Peggy Joseph Photography)

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