Assistant Director of Arts & Culture
Hannah Gathman joined MAPC in 2022 as a Senior Regional Arts and Culture Planner. As a Senior Planner, Hannah will lead projects and initiatives across all areas of the department’s work. Her portfolio will include community-wide arts and culture planning, cultural district planning, creative engagement, arts program implementation, and cultural infrastructure projects. Hannah will also be leading research and data efforts to inform policies in support of arts and culture.
Before joining MAPC, Hannah ran a boutique consulting firm based in Portland, Maine, working with nonprofit organizations, arts councils, Chambers of Commerce, and municipalities to execute planning, public programming, fundraising, and branding initiatives. She served as interim Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport (Maine) and the Desert of Maine Center for Arts and Ecology. Prior to her time in Portland, Hannah lived and worked in Boston and Brookline for 14 years—most recently as the Director of Events and Social Programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, where she spearheaded programming in the museum’s flagship Seaport building and helped open the ICA Watershed in East Boston.
Hannah holds a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and an MS in Arts Administration, both from Boston University. She serves on the board of directors of Maine Needs, a social service nonprofit connecting Mainers with material necessities.
Areas of expertise: public programming, arts administration, audience engagement, community development