Arts For All Northern Michigan, an arts and culture nonprofit serving the Grand Traverse region for 20 years, has chosen Grace Hudson as its new executive director.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said board chair Claire Walters. “Grace will bring leadership, creativity and dedication to Arts For All’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to serving people with disabilities in our region. Her experience with special education students will be invaluable to us as we work to expand our programming.”

Hudson was hired following a regional search and selection process. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by long-time director Dayna Ryan’s departure in November when she joined Michigan Rehabilitation Services as an employment specialist.

Walters noted that the new director previously worked as an educator, focusing her efforts on developing adaptive learning opportunities for students with disabilities. In her spare time, she pursues her passions of photography, dance, drama and fine arts.

“Arts For All is a bright spot in our community that empowers and connects all people, and the opportunity to lead and grow this organization is a gift,” said Hudson. “As executive director, I hope to form a strong presence in each of the five counties of the Grand Traverse region, and I look forward to creating even more accessible workshops and events for community members, further establishing Arts for All as a well-known Northern Michigan organization, and strengthening our current programs and relationships.”

Former director Ryan was instrumental in the growth of Arts for All Northern Michigan (formerly ACT-GT) over the past two decades, bringing inclusive arts experiences to thousands of students in the area. She was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission and is a member of the Traverse City Central Hall of Fame.

About Arts for All…

Arts For All Northern Michigan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people of all ages with disabilities from Northern Michigan with interactive experiences, both artistic and cultural, while providing opportunities for personal growth and learning. Visit www.artsforallnmi.org, (231) 947-1278 or email info@artsforallnmi.org.