BOARD INFORMATION 

The Salt Lake City Arts Council Board advises the Office of the Mayor, City Council and Salt Lake Arts Council, an allied but independent non-profit organization, on the arts and arts related activities throughout the City and region. The Salt Lake City Arts Council is within the Arts Division, a part of Salt Lake City Economic Development.

Andrea Ashdown
District 6
Serving since 2020

Andrea Ashdown is an active musician working to support arts and nonprofit organizations. As an educator, she taught at an international school in Frankfurt, Germany and at Sistema Utah, a music nonprofit in a Title I elementary school. She regularly performs with the Ballet West Orchestra and the Utah Symphony and has toured extensively across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Currently, Andrea works as Development Specialist for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She can often be found on a hike in Utah’s beautiful nature with her husband Will and pup Zuzu.

Annie Dayton
District 1
Serving since 2016
Acting Chair

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Annie came to Utah in 2002 for college and has been living in Rose Park for the past 11 years with her husband and 3 children. Her work experience includes community outreach, grant administration, and policy at Salt Lake County while teaching yoga on the side. Annie is currently serving her second 3-year term as a board member for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Her interests include yoga, Crossfit, travel, gardening, hiking, and cooking as well as enjoying the abundance of arts events in Utah.

Erika Hill
District 7
Serving since 2020

Erika Hill is an avid patron of the arts and has appreciated being able to represent District 7 on the Salt Lake City Arts Council Board. She has spent the majority of her career working in various capacities within higher education, including in data analysis, assessment, and student services. She says one of the highlights of being on the Board has been volunteering with Living Traditions, as she attended with her grandmother as a child and it provided an opportunity to connect with the community that shared their Filipino heritage.

Josanne Glass
District 5
Serving since 2021
At-large Executive Committee

Josanne was born in Maine, raised in Northern California and summered in Mexico (her mother is Mexican). She settled in Utah as an adult. She was as a human resources professional for nearly thirty years ending her career as a vice president for an international firm before coming to art as an avocation. She is currently a visual artist represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. In addition to her art and corporate careers, Josanne has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees including Family Counseling Center, Salt Lake Arts Center (now UMOCA), Art Access and UMFA.

Kathy Davis
District 6
Serving since 2020
Secretary

By day, Kathy A.F. Davis works in Natural Resources at the Utah Attorney General’s Office.  At night, a self-described theater geek, Kathy will invariably be found at a play, musical, or other live art event being produced somewhere along the Wasatch Front. She is a proud mother of two dynamic women and grandmother of two intelligent boys. Kathy has lived in various homes in Salt Lake City proper/Sugarhouse since 1975.

Kat Potter
District 3
Serving since 2018

Kat Potter is the Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, which encompasses the Divisions of Arts & Museums, Multicultural & Indian Affairs, State Library, State History, STEM Action Center, and UServe Utah (Utah’s volunteerism and Americorps commission). She has previously served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Arts & Culture for Salt Lake City and in management/consulting roles with various cultural and non-profit organizations. Kat also serves on the Fine Arts Advisory Board for the University of Utah College of Fine Arts. She loves living in Salt Lake City with her husband, two sons, dog, and cat.

Matt Castillo
District 2
Serving since 2016
Treasurer

Matt Castillo has been passionate about arts, culture, and public service for many years. Matt’s education and career has included French horn performance, public accounting, service on several community boards, and his current job serving as the Director of the Salt Lake County Division of Arts & Culture. Matt has lived in the Fairpark neighborhood with his partner Drew and miniature schnauzer, Sammy, for five years.

Sarah Longoria
District 2
Serving since 2021

Sarah Longoria holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from the University of Utah. She was the Director of Municipal Ballet Co. for almost 10 years, collaborating with local musicians, choreographers, dancers, and other artists to bring unique and accessible ballet productions to the people of Utah. She enjoys living in the Glendale neighborhood of Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter, two cats, and two dogs.

Sonali Loomba
District 5
Serving since 2021

Sonali Loomba completed her postgraduate in Human Resource Management from India and worked at a Multi-National Company for over 6 years before deciding to dedicate herself as a full time performing artist, practicing the Indian Classical Dance form called Kathak. Sonali has always been passionate about the arts and is always looking for opportunities to offer her art form to the community, which led her to start her dance school in Utah and Washington D.C , ‘Kaladharaa Dance’ with an aim to preserve and promote the nuances of this art form and thus a culture. She believes art can bring communities and people closer since it transcends cultural boundaries and culture is a pyramid to which each one of us brings a stone and each one of are so important to keep the culture alive and thriving, through arts.

Susan Koles Rickman
District 3
Serving since 2019

Susan Koles Rickman pursued ballet, musical theatre and mass communication at the University of Utah where she received her bachelor’s degree. Subsequently, she has spent her career leading the marketing and communication efforts of many of Salt Lake’s non-profit organizations and indulging in her passion for the arts as an avid audience member. Susan is developing her style as a watercolorist, and she loves spending time with her husband, Victor, traveling and recreating outdoors. They are very proud of their four grown children who’ve turned out to be really good humans.

Torle Nenbee
District 5
Serving since 2020

Torle is a Legal Social Worker at the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. She served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Africa in the Healthy Youth sector for three years and worked for VOA for 8 years.  In her spare time, Torle can be found admiring art in all forms and hiking with her partner and dogs. To dismantle systemic racism is a form of art. Society must work together to evaluate policies and assess the individual impact we have on holding up the status quo.

Ayanna Allen
District 4
Serving since 2022

As an Independent Artist, Sociology Adjunct and Wellness Center Owner, Ayanna is dedicated to innovation and community. Implementing her mantra, “Inspire Love Dream” in all she does,  this Texas transplant is committed to overall wellness through the arts. While not teaching or creating art, Ayanna seeks to continue to bring awareness to the rich traditions and history of Black and Indigenous peoples stemming from her Choctaw and Igbo heritage.

Richard Taylor
District 6
Serving since 2022

Richard Taylor is a visual artist and entrepreneur. His work has been displayed in juried shows across the state and he is represented by Meyer Gallery in Park City. Richard has a diverse background that includes work as an artist, expert witness, business consultant, piano accompanist, and lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in Materials Science from Duke University. Richard enjoys living in the Yalecrest neighborhood with his wife, children, and corgi.