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 Director Emeritus 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 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. She recently received a Master of Arts & Arts Administration from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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

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

AmbeR Day Scott

Program Coordinator

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.

Amber serves as coordinator for the Regional Museum Network, fostering cooperative relationships among museums in our Region. The award winning program provides opportunities for member museums to leverage the resources available through the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture and other local, regional and national funding agencies. As a highly visible and active artist, AmbeR also serves as a liaison to the artist community, managing the Artist Roster and encouraging artists participation in local exhibitions and other learning programs offered by The Alliance.

An energetic member of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture’s Teaching Artist Learning Lab, AmbeR provides 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.

Ferdine LeBlanc

Project Coordinator

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.

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.

Rebecca Kinslow

Artist Development Program, Consultant

Rebecca Kinslow has over 20 years of experience as an arts leader, specializing in community development, grantmaking, program design and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.

Rebecca is currently coordinating the Artist Development Program,

Before returning to her hometown of Lawton, OK, Rebecca worked for Metro Arts (Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture) leading the development and oversight of programs, partnerships, financial investments, and cultural and racial equity strategies designed to support a stronger arts & cultural ecosystem.

She holds an Executive Certificate in Arts & Cultural Strategy and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania.  She has served on Americans for the Arts’ County Arts Network and Equitable Investments Advisory Committee, the Create Justice Network Peer Learning Action Group, the Program Advisory Committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, and the Government Alliance for Racial Equity Arts Workgroup.

She currently serves on the board for the Lawton Philharmonic Symphony.