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Rolanda Brigham

Arts, Culture & Heritage Manager for City of DeSoto

Ro Brigham, based in DeSoto, Texas, is an experienced and vibrant professional in the arts, culture, and heritage sector. Currently serving as the Arts Culture & Heritage Manager for the City of DeSoto since October 2022, Ro brings an infectious energy and a fresh perspective to her role, focusing on making a significant impact in the community.

In addition to her role with the City of DeSoto, Ro is the Executive Director of Empowering Through The Arts-ETTA, a nonprofit organization she started in January 2018. ETTA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of underserved communities through quality enrichment programs, embodying the belief that education and arts can transform lives with the motto "EACH ONE TEACH ONE."

Ro's extensive career also includes her ongoing role as a Master Teaching Artist since January 1986, where she has honed her skills in arts education and community engagement. Her work with Big Thought as a Program Specialist from May 2019 to August 2019 involved creating educational and engaging field trip opportunities for students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, integrating arts and literacy in an innovative way. Additionally, her tenure as the Acting Family and Community Engagement Specialist during the summer of 2018 with Big Thought highlights her commitment to making a positive community impact.

Her previous roles include Director of Education at Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Resident Services Coordinator at Portfolio Resident Services, and Early Childhood Education Coordinator at NHP Foundation, where she designed exciting and innovative programming for various age groups. Ro's early career included a significant period as an actress with Black Ensemble Theatre from 1988 to 1995 and a role in the Sales Audit Department at Marks Bros Corp from January 1987 to January 1992.

Ro Brigham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Theatre Arts Management from The College of Santa Fe (1980-1984) and is an alumna of Arts Magnet (1976-1980). Her career reflects a deep commitment to arts education, community engagement, and the empowerment of underserved populations, making her a key figure in the cultural landscape of DeSoto, Texas.

Rolanda Brigham
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