MOCA Cleveland Names Arlene Watson New Director of Institutional Advancement

November 17, 2015

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MOCA Cleveland Names Arlene Watson New Director of Institutional Advancement

-- Passionate arts advocate and entrepreneur to head up $2.6M strategic fundraising program

CLEVELAND (November 17, 2015) – The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) announced today that Arlene Watson will join the museum on January 4, 2016 as Director of Institutional Advancement. Watson will be responsible for the design and implementation of a strategic fundraising program of $2.6 million annually from individuals, corporations and foundations, which will maximize MOCA’s ability to realize its ambitious vision for exhibitions, education programs, special projects and events.

“Arlene is a unique and exciting talent who brings many layers of credentials to our leadership team,” says MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder. “From her entrepreneurial side running Mobius Grey, an award-winning design and marketing communications firm, to being the recipient of a 2011 German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellowship, in which she joined a global cohort of leaders from the US and Europe to study policies, institutions and culture on the other side of the Atlantic -- specifically, the transformative effects of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on that city. Arlene is a passionate, accomplished champion for the arts in our region. Her experience spans the nonprofit, startup, public and established business sectors.  I could not be more thrilled to have her joining us at MOCA.”

Watson has served as an adjunct professor at Cuyahoga Community College and as Board Communications Chair for American Institute of Graphic Arts. She is the past Chair of the Northern Ohio Minority Business Council Industry Group Committee and past committee member of the Minority Business Development Agency, Minority Business Center Cleveland for Greater. She also completed a 2-year term on the Key4Women National Advisory Board. Watson currently serves on the Board of CMSD Rows, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), The Presidents’ Council Business Chamber Communications Committee and the City of Cleveland Euclid Corridor Design Review District Advisory Committee.

Watson resides in Brecksville, Ohio with her husband, artist Royden Watson and their three sons.


As the region’s only contemporary art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland leads the way in shaping and advancing contemporary culture. We are global and local, Cleveland at our core with a cosmopolitan skin. MOCA enthusiastically promotes experimentation and exploration through engaging with contemporary art and ideas. Grounded in the community, MOCA welcomes all audiences and employs a smart, creative, and diverse workforce. MOCA encourages strategic risk, thinking outside the box and stepping out of comfort zones. MOCA values an entrepreneurial spirit in our work culture, supporting an enterprising staff that anticipates and reacts nimbly to change while embracing new opportunities and challenges. Success of the individual directly impacts success of the institution, so MOCA holds every employee to a high standard of excellence with the expectation that everyone understands and participates in the institutional goals.

MOCA Cleveland · 11400 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, OH 44106 · 216-421-8671

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