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Capitol Hill Community Post | Hugo House names Rob Arnold Acting Interim Executive Director

From Hugo House

Following the resignation of former Executive Director Tree Swenson on February 19, Hugo House has named Rob Arnold as acting interim executive director. For the past three years, Arnold has served as Hugo House’s events curator and program director. In his expanded role, Arnold will oversee Hugo House operations until an interim ED can be named, in addition to his previous duties.

In the last full year of operation pre-COVID, 2019, Arnold’s events programming featured the voices of 365 different performers. Of those, 128, or 35 percent, were BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) individuals. Then in 2020, when COVID hit, these events went virtual, and 163 performers were featured, of which 86, or 53 percent, were BIPOC individuals.

Arnold has spent the past decade in publishing and literary advocacy, previously serving as a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management and Associate Director of PEN New England, among other roles. He is also a published poet with poems that have appeared in Ploughshares, the Gettysburg Review, Hyphen, Poetry Northwest, Yes Poetry, and the Ocean State Review, among others.

Hugo House recently released its spring catalog of classes, 122 in total, with five classes offered tuition-free, including “Social Justice Education with Illustrated Books,” “the BIPOC Writers Toolkit,” and the Spanish language class “Ver Para Crear,” presented in partnership with Seattle Escribe. All classes are now online.

According to Arnold, “Hugo House is on the cusp of making real, impactful change, which will require building a racial equity lens into all of our programs. Our next major priority is hiring a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant to guide us through this critical work, which we are absolutely committed to. Regaining trust is essential, and we will be communicating directly and transparently with our beloved writing community through regular status reports, as well as inviting their participation wherever possible.”


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Pamela X.
Pamela X.
1 month ago

I’ll take a hard pass.

Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  Pamela X.

Go woke. Go broke. Look at the Intiman, now playing in the basement of the Seattle Central Community College.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Tiny Tim

Did that have to do with going woke or the decline of live theater in America in the last few decades?

genevieve
genevieve
1 month ago
Reply to  Tiny Tim

Are you kidding me? Intiman came back from near extinction due to financial mismanagement, reinvented themselves into a forward-thinking, equitable arts institution, and is now providing pathways for employment in the arts. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons.

Also: the Erickson Theater is one of my favorite places to see live performance in Seattle.