Ann Arnold-Ogden

Executive 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. Her background in marketing and community development through the arts has enabled her to facilitate major city-wide projects, working collaboratively with the public and private sectors. Her most recent projects at The Alliance center on fostering deeper relationships with rural communities surrounding Wichita Falls and conducting a study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy in Wichita Falls and the surrounding area.

Ann received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Master of Arts & Arts Administration from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

She was named Wichita Falls Times Record News 20 Under 40. She currently serves on the board of directors of the North Texas Rehab Center and The City of Wichita Falls Downtown Zoning Stakeholder Committee.

Ann and her husband, James, have one son and two locally adopted dogs.

Margie Reese

Senior Programs Director

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Margie Johnson Reese brings exceptional skills in cultural policy planning and implementation design. An educator and life-long advocate for children and the arts, she has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of arts administration.

Margie’s career in arts administration and reputation as a leader was established within some of the field’s largest public institutions, including service as Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas and General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs where she held her position under three Mayoral administrations. Her expertise as a grantmaker was tapped by the Ford Foundation to advance cultural projects in West Africa. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, her three-year appointment centered on cultural policy development and the conservation of West Africa’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Following her service in West Africa, Margie returned to Dallas and took the position of Vice President for Programs at Big Thought, a renowned art learning organization she helped create 30 years ago.

Margie was recognized with the 2019 Selena Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership by Americans for the Arts, which recognizes an individual working in arts management who has made a meaningful contribution to his or her local community. She was named the 2020 Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader in 2020 by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts.

Margie received a BA from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and an MFA in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, grounding her education in the arts.

Brittney Cottingham

Community Engagement Manager

Brittney Cottingham serves as the Community Engagement Manager for the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, providing expertise in community relations, marketing, and communications gained from 8 years serving as a newsroom leader at a local television station. As the organization’s liaison to the organization’s community partners, Brittney manages media relationships, oversees the City of Wichita Falls Arts and Culture Grant Program, and supports the operational and fundraising efforts of The Alliance.

Wichita Falls has been her home for more than two decades. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Midwestern State University with a focus on journalism. Brittney also serves on several community boards and volunteer organizations, including the Junior League of Wichita Falls, Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls, Child Advocates- CASA of Red River, and The Circuit.

Outside of the office, Brittney is a multi-media content creator with an expertise in audiobooks. She also enjoys exploring what new adventures downtown Wichita Falls has to offer.

AmbeR Day Scott

Program Manager

Amber Day Scott earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Midwestern State University in 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.

Amber serves as a liaison to area museums for the Alliance’s Regional Museum Network and manages A+ Projects for the Alliance. She is an energetic member of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture’s Teaching Artist Learning Lab, providing art classes for children in the community.

Amber 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.

Ferdine LeBlanc

Program Manager - Art in Public Places

Ferdine 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.

Ferdine serves as the Project Manager for Art in Public Projects for The Alliance, overseeing projects from development through installation. One of his key interests as an artist is considering the intersections between social justice, culture, race, and diversity. Ferdine participated 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.

Ferdine previously 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.