Alaska State Council On The Arts Names New Executive Director


Andrea Noble-Pelant from Eagle River, Alaska was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). She served as the acting executive director since May of this year, after the departure of Shannon Daut, ASCA’s former executive director.

 ASCA Chairman, Benjamin Brown, stated, “We are very fortunate to have Andrea take the position of executive director at this time. All parts of state government are facing pressures to economize while continuing to deliver the highest level of services to Alaskans. Andrea’s experience and temperament are ideally suited to the challenges facing ASCA today. and she will do an outstanding job leading the agency.”

For a decade, Noble-Pelant has served as the Visual and Literary Arts Program Director for ASCA. Her duties included grants administration, fiscal oversight, policy and partnership development and management of Alaska’s Percent for Art Program. She also has experience in a wide range of artistic disciplines including visual arts, music, theater and literary arts. 

Noble-Pelant holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts with honors in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelors of Education in Secondary Art from the University of British Columbia. For nine years, she was an arts and world languages educator in the US and Canada, and served for three years as the curator of art education at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art at Rasmuson Center. 

For the past thirty years, Noble-Pelant has been dedicated to the arts, with eighteen of those years in Alaska. In addition to her professional work, Noble-Pelant has been involved in the visual and performing arts as an exhibitor and participant, has worked on funding development for non-profit organizations, and has managed projects connecting educators and students with arts education.