The mission of BarnArts is to engage and inspire the local community through a year-round performing and visual arts program of workshops, exhibitions and performances, showcasing both the existing and developing talents of local adults and children as well as nationally recognized artists.
The vision of BarnArts is to foster and continuously support a community that views art as essential to social well-being, a community where a thriving arts culture and a thriving rural economy are mutually supportive, where the careers of artist, teacher and farmer are equally valued, and where time is set aside for the pursuit of creativity and shared learning.
Linda is a mother, teacher and multimedia artist who moved to Barnard in 2001 from New Orleans, where she earned her MFA in Drama and Communication and studied and worked as a writer, art photographer and aerial trapeze artist. She joined the board of BarnArts in 2012 and led the development of the Teen Touring Company, which she directed for three season. She created the Masquerade Jazz and Funk Winter Music Carnival, now a cornerstone of BarnArts programming. Linda began leading BarnArts as the Program Manager in January 2015, and became Executive Director in January 2016. While expanding her performing arts experience (Glory in BarnArts’ Almost Maine, Cora in Death & Taxes), Linda also continues her fine art career – still laboring in the darkroom – and engages in community art, which now includes theater! In 2018 she supported her path as a director by assistant directing Brighton Beach Memoirs and It Can’t Happen Here. Her first directing for BarnArts of an adult play was Waiting for Godot, June 2019, and she will be direction A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June 2020. She teaches at the Community College of Vermont. She is inspired and nurtured by the blending of community and creative expression she finds at BarnArts, and strives to continually support the interactive conversation sparked by both creating and viewing for citizens of all levels of experience.
Director of Music Programming
Chloe grew up in Barnard and returned as an adult after time in Boston, Burlington and Italy. She was one of the original founders of BarnArts, but resigned from a general position in order to better focus on her mission of promoting all of Barnard’s event and establishing the Art on the Farm music series at the Feast & Field Market. She writes the weekly Barnard column for the Vermont Standard and the Herald of Randolph, and she is the director of Camp Red Clover. She is committed to a life as a musician, teacher and artist.
Board of Directors
Peter Kahn, President
Peter Kahn is a translator by profession. He has translated almost everything imaginable from Spanish to English, with a little Portuguese and French on the side. He can also speak and teach Spanish, upon request. Having worked in education, theater and the culinary arts in the past, as well as having been a long-time runner with major aspirations, it is a great pleasure for him to work with BarnArts promoting the arts for children and adults in Barnard as well as hosting the Race Around the Lake!
Anne Marie Delaney, Treasurer
Anne Marie has a distinguished record of service to cultural organizations and other nonprofit institutions. She has served on the Board of Imaginary Beasts Theatre Company, The Hopkins Center for The Performing arts, Cincinnati Mental health Association and the Upper Valley Youth Council. Anne Marie spent ten years coordinating support services for the renowned Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge Massachusetts and has been a long standing member of The Essex Art Center fundraising committee. Anne Marie currently serves as Vice President of Operations for American Crafted Spirits.
James grew up in Arkansas in Bill Clinton’s hometown, Hot Springs, where he discovered his love of choral music and theater in high school, getting his ‘big break’ as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. After graduating from college, he set sail for graduate studies in England where he subsequently met his wife, started a family and began a teaching career that continues today at Hanover High School, where he teaches in the Social Studies Department. James and his family moved to Barnard just as BarnArts was founded (2011), and he is excited to have joined the Board in the autumn of 2015 to help build the momentum for local arts programming that BarnArts has nurtured, particularly for younger members of our community.
Ted M. Williamson, Board Chair
Ted moved to Barnard from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2003 after a career spent almost entirely abroad. A Vietnam veteran and honors graduate of the Northwestern Law School, he was posted in the Middle East in legal, program management and leadership capacities from the mid-1970‚ until his retirement from government service and move to Vermont. For many years he was a leader in the large expatriate community in Saudi Arabia where his interest and skills in community organizations were developed. BarnArts is both an extension of these efforts and an opportunity to contribute to the continued enrichment of our cultural base‚ plus it’s great fun!
BarnArts Production Staff
Carol performs the important role of Music Director for BarnArts Summer Youth Theater. She has been a general music, band, and choral director for over 30 years, currently teaching vocal music K-12 in the Windsor schools. Carol brings a wide range of experience in the theater. She is the musical director for the Trumbull Hall Troupe, and has taught in the Revels Kids! program. Carol has been active with the White River Valley Players and North Country Community Theatre as a singer/dancer/actor, and more recently playing keyboards and synthesizer in the orchestra pits for local productions. Carol lives in WRJ, VT, with her husband, Neal; her adored dogs, Bear and Bella; and tuxedo cats, Richard and Mooshi Mooshi.
Murray Ngoima is a visual artist and art educator who has engaged in community theater for over 40 years. As a set designer, decorator, prop builder, costume maker and stage manager, she has joined theater groups in Boston, Nairobi and Vermont. In the 90’s, she was immersed in the magic and hard work of YOH Theater Players, enjoying the mentorship of Harriet Worrell. Currently she works with YOH, creating sets in collaboration with students and director Marcia Bender. For BarnArts, Murray made costumes for Summer Youth productions of Grease, Willy Wonka, and Jungle Book and has provided set design support for many BarnArts productions. She co-directs BarnArts Teen Touring Company and has great fun hosting the mask-making table at every Masquerade Jazz and Funk Winter Music Carnival.