Meet the Team
Margie Reese – Executive Director
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Margie Johnson Reese brings exceptional skills in cultural policy planning and implementation design. Margie’s career has included arts leadership in Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently, Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, Margie has responsibility for establishing arts policy, artists training programs and creating new grant-making programs to service Wichita Falls, Texas and the surrounding areas.
Margie served as a grant maker for the Ford Foundation in their Office for West Africa as the Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture. In that capacity, she led the ongoing efforts of the Foundation focusing on heritage preservation, conservation, museum education, governance and cultural policy. She cites among her major accomplishments funding the restoration of the slave castles in Ghana and Nigeria, and providing funding to preserve the ancient Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu in Mali. Prior to her work with the Ford Foundation, Margie served as General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; and as Director of the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs.
Margie is a long time board member of Americans for the Arts and is Chair of the Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She is an active grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and continues to serve as an adviser to the Association of African Museums in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2019, she received the Selina Roberts Ottum award from Americans for the Arts. This award recognizes an individual working in arts management who has made a meaningful contribution to his or her local community. Margie was recognized with the 2014 National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Lifetime Service Award for her lifelong dedication to increasing young people’s access to arts learning opportunities, both in and out of school; and for her powerful advocacy and action for equity and diversity.
She began her collegiate pursuits at Southern University in Baton Rouge and transferred to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington to earn a BS in Speech and Theater. Margie holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria and an adjunct professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she teaches Public Policy in the Arts.
Ann Arnold-Ogden – Associate Director
Ann Arnold-Ogden was engaged by The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture in 2017 to provide guidance for increasing the agency’s visibility in the community. Prior to joining the team, she served as the Community Marketing Director for the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and as the Morning Anchor and Executive Producer at KFDX-3 News.
Ann received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts & Arts Administration program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ann has worked on several major city-wide projects, coordinated fundraising efforts for nonprofit, cultural, and civic organizations, and has worked collaboratively with the public and private sectors. She was named Wichita Falls Times Record News 20 Under 40, helped found the Art and Soul Festival for Downtown Wichita Falls Development, and serves on the board of Directors of the North Texas Rehab Center. Ann and her husband James have 2 dogs, both adopted from local shelters.
Audra Lambert – Programs Manager
Audra Lambert earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Midwestern State University in December of 2013. She is recognized regionally for her work as a muralist, with an intense desire to engage children and young people in the visual arts. She is proud to have been mentored by Master Artist Ralph Stearns and has been commissioned to design murals in Boyd, TX, the Wichita Falls Public Library, and at Sheppard Air Force Base. Audra began her work as a Teaching Artist with the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture and was one of two local artists selected to participate in the Lincoln Center Learning Institute in New York City.
Audra manages the Summer Arts Camps and all community-based arts classes for children and young people. She oversees the Wichita Falls Alliance Teaching Artist roster and manages artist placement, training and arts partnerships with area arts and youth-service organizations. Audra is a member of the Wichita Falls Art Association and a regular contributor to area arts festivals and exhibitions.
AmbeR Day Scott – Program Coordinator, Regional Museums Network
AmbeR Day Scott earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Midwestern State University 2001. She experiments with new formats to produce large scale temporary pieces of public art. Amber is a natural collaborator with a knack for bringing the public and the creative sector together to experiment with creative expression. She is an energetic member of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture’s Teaching Artist Learning Lab, providing arts classes for children in the community. She has been a resident artist at the Wichita Falls Public Library, the Kemp Center for the Arts and Southside Youth Senter. Her work has been exhibited at 9th Street Studios, Fain Fine Arts Gallery and the Kemp Center for the Arts.
Amber has worked in the public health and business sectors and brings administrative and managerial skills to support the marketing and public information functions of The Alliance. As a highly visible and active artist, Amber serves as a liaison to the artist community, manages the Artist Roster and encourages artists participation in local exhibitions and other learning programs offered by The Alliance.
Ferdine LeBlanc – Project Coordinator
Ferine Le Blanc is an accomplished Multimedia Sculpture and Sketch artist living and working in Wichita Falls, Texas. A native of the Caribbean island of Dominica, Le Blanc holds an Associate Degree in Biology from Dominica State College, in the Commonwealth of Dominica (W.I.); and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with All-Level Teacher Certification from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.
One of his key interests as an artist is considering the intersections between social justice, culture, race, and diversity. Ferdine has developed a passion for teaching and is a recent participant in the Lincoln Center Institute Teaching Artist Learning Lab presented by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. His experience as a Teaching Artist was enhanced by the students he encountered while facilitating summer arts camps at various community learning centers in Wichita Falls. Prior to this experience, Ferdine worked for two summers at Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, New York as a counselor teaching young people with learning differences and demonstrating the power of the arts to encourage expression for students on the autism spectrum.
Ferdine served as a temporary gallery assistant for the Museum of North Texas History during their recent exhibition of Beisbol, a touring exhibition from the National Negro Baseball Leagues Museum. His work with the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture focuses on providing arts learning activities for students in the area and supporting projects initiated by the organization to increase access to arts programs for students and their teachers.
His work has been exhibited at the University of Texas in Tyler Upcoming Students Art Exhibition, Texas Tech University Sculpture Symposium, and 9th street studios’ “An American Experience” exhibition.