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Recipients of Ross McKeen Memorial Awards for
Leadership Development Announced

Over $22,000 Awarded to Portland-area Arts Professionals


March 10, 2022 — PORTLAND, OREGON. In tribute to one of Portland’s most beloved arts leaders, 15 Portland arts professionals have been named as the recipients of the Ross McKeen Memorial Awards for Leadership Development. The awards program was developed to honor McKeen, who was a leading figure in the Portland arts community for over 25 years and became well-known for his thoughtful mentorship and support of his colleagues. After his death in March of 2021, a group of friends came together to commemorate his generous spirit by creating this one-time award fund. Support for the fund came through grants from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Autzen Foundation, and over 70 individuals who made gifts in honor of Ross McKeen.

Arts professionals from the greater Portland area at all stages in their careers were invited to submit proposals to fund opportunities that would further their professional development, including activities such as attending a conference, taking a course, or finding the time and space to deepen their own artistic practice in service to their leadership. The award recipients represent a range of experience in the exciting variety of arts disciplines in the Portland community, emblematic of the healthy arts ecology McKeen spent his career actively nurturing.
“Ross would be so glad that such a wide variety of individuals received funding,” said Robin Remmick, McKeen’s wife, a retired arts administrator. “He would be honored and grateful to have his name associated with these grants.”

Organizational Affiliation
Use of funds
Kazuyo Ito
Artistic Director
PCC classes
Steve Wenig
Oregon Symphony
Vice President & General Manager
Professional Leadership Coaching
Emily Ryan
Portland Center Stage
Development Associate
TLCC (Tessitura) Conference fee and lodging
Erin Yanke
Outside The Frame
Operations Manager
Video Editing course and software
Jenni Green Miller
Education Director
Wax Factory Artists Residency
Michael Crenshaw
Education Without Borders
Arts Educator, Mentor & Social Justice Activist
Tanzania Cultural Exchange
Ben Moorad
New Room Studios
Founder (Co-Founder Write Around Portland)
Mentorship and thought partnership support for building residency program.
Marian Rose Lucas
Siren Nation
Board Member Siren Nation
NAO Membership & Board Leadership Training
Emmeline Eao
Independent Publishing Resource Center
Co-Director - Membership & Community Projects
Southern Graphics Council Intl Conference
Jakelen Diaz
Independent Publishing Resource Center
Studio Manager
Southern Graphics Council Intl Conference
Lucille Dawson
Executive Director
Sou'Wester Lodge - Writing Residency
Harper Quinn
Independent Publishing Resource Center
Co-Director - Program Director
Sou’Wester Lodge - Artist Residency
Eboni Lovell
Profile Theatre
Director of Communications
Mentorship in Public Relations
Anina Bennett
Siren Nation
Board Member Siren Nation
WVDO Membership & Professional Development
Cristina Marino
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective
Executive Director
Nonprofit Leadership Lab Membership & Professional Development

About the Ross McKeen Awards Volunteers

The steering committee for the McKeen Awards included his friends and sometime co-workers Jeff Hawthorne, Tomi Douglas, and Cynthia Fuhrman; his friends and colleagues in promoting support for the arts Gretchen Schackel and Michelle Reynolds; and most importantly, his wife and frequent business partner, Robin Remmick.


The selection panel for the final awards included Portland arts colleagues and friends Kim Kalapus, Kimberly Howard Wade, Janine Twining, Sharon Martell, and Matthew Jones.


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Award Recipients

A list of award recipients and their projects.


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