Sitting at the helm of the ARTISTS’ EXCHANGE, Shannon Casey looks very much at home. She joined the women- run non-profit art center owned and operated by Gateways to Change, Inc. in 2007 as an art teacher and since 2019 has been its director. “I never thought I would be running an arts organization, but I certainly am happy doing it.”
Shannon started her career in social services and education, and is an artist herself, working mainly in ceramics and fiber. Creative and civic minded, she is also secretary for the Cranston Arts Commission and a board member for Revive the Roots in Smithfield.
She credits her colleagues for making the work so fulfilling. “As a team of primarily women, we are able to work collaboratively and seamlessly. My staff often called me their fearless leader, keeping everything running smoothly through even the worst circumstances,”
Artists' Exchange ladies with the mascot Woolly Nilly. Front Row: Vanessa Rundlett, Instructor; Shannon Casey, Director. Back Row: Jenny Sivo, Operations Manager; Abby Doyle, Assistant Teacher; Juliette Hoernle, Instructor; Emily Urban, Graphic Design
says Shannon. “Our team is a group of close friends more than anything and I could not do what I do without the rest of the strong women by my side.”
50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, 401-490-9475, Artists-Exchange.org
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