Kristina Newman-Scott is the Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut where she oversees all aspects of the state’s programs and services related to art, culture and historic preservation. Prior to this role, Newman-Scott served as the Director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford, the Director of Programs at the Boston Center for the Arts and Director of Visual Arts at Hartford's Real Art Ways. Kristina’s leadership in the community has earned her several awards and recognitions including being selected as a Hartford Business Journal Forty Under 40, a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a Hive Global Leadership selectee and a 2015 Next City Vanguard 40 Under 40.
She has been a visiting curator, guest lecturer and speaker at many organizations and institutions across the country; including, TEDx SMU, TX; Columbia University, New York University, The School of Visual Arts & The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; Rhode Island School of Design, RI; Yale University, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford & Wesleyan University, CT and The National Association of Media Arts and Culture to name a few. Ms. Newman-Scott serves of the Boards of the New England Foundation of the Arts and the Connecticut Forum. She was a visual artist, arts consultant and a television/radio personality in Jamaica, where she was born and raised. Newman-Scott moved to Connecticut in 2005 and became a citizen of the United States in 2012. She lives in Hartford, Connecticut with her husband Gordon and their 7 year old daughter.