Executive Director & Co-founder

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Executive Director & Co-founder Susan Addy

Susan Addy has worked with nonprofit organizations since 1973 when she helped to create the Hood River Valley Arts and Crafts Society.  She founded the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River at the same time.  She coordinated the Artists in Education Program in the early 1980’s for four years when it was based at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery and created the first multicultural arts program for Portland Public Schools.  Susan has worked for Artquake, Young Audiences, Blue Lake Park Summer Concerts, Hillsboro Community Arts and the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts.  She has been Executive Director of Obo Addy Legacy Project / Homowo African Arts and Cultures/ since its inception in 1986.  Susan has served on peer panels for the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Pennsylvania Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts and Washington State Arts Commission.

Susan was the producer of the Homowo Festival of African Arts and held that role for 15 years beginning in 1990.  In addition to overseeing the entire production, she played a key role in forming partnerships with both the Oregon Folklife Program and the Arts for New Immigrants Program at IRCO, in order to support traditional artists who were newly arrived in Portland.

She also managed her husband Obo Addy’s career and played a key role in the manufacture, distribution and promotion of these recordings.