Joanna St. Angelo

Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition
Executive Director
The Sammons Center
Dallas, TX

Joanna St. Angelo has served the Executive Director of the Sammons Center for the Arts from opening day, March 1, 1988 and has 32-years’ experience in nonprofit management. She is one of the pioneers of nonprofit shared-use arts facilities often described as “incubators”. She is also the President and Founder of the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition which advocates for artists and arts groups of all sizes and disciplines to promote recognition of the importance of arts and culture in the North Texas region and produces the annual Dallas Arts Advocacy Day event. She is the co-founder of D’JAM, Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s annual celebration of jazz as an American cultural achievement in April each year. Her board service includes the State Arts Advocacy Group, Texans for the Arts, where she worked to create the “Arts Vote Dallas” initiative to encourage local candidates for City Council to include arts and culture as a prominent part of their platforms. She serves on the Steering Committee for Dallas Arts Month, and previously served on the inaugural Citizens Advisory Board of KERA, the public television and public radio stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to her role as CEO of Sammons Center for the Arts, Ms. St. Angelo is a sought-after consultant and expert on the development of shared-use cultural facilities and redevelopment of historic buildings for cultural uses. Ms. St. Angelo received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Author – “Arts Should Be A City Priority” The Dallas Morning News, May 30, 2015 Co-Author – “Too Often, Board Members Sabotage the Success of Nonprofits” Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 17, 2016 Co-Author – “Nonprofits Advancing Social Change” Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 3, 2019.


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