GREGORY A. HALLOCK is the Executive Director at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. Gregory holds an M.A. in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo, a B.S. from SUNY Brockport in Theatre with an acting concentration and minor in dance, and an A.A. from Genesee Community College in Theatre Arts. Having a background in arts and cultural studies, Gregory has traveled to and studied in Italy, The Netherlands, England, The Philippines, Japan, and Singapore. In Singapore he was part of the Theatre Training & Research Programme, "The Arts and Cultural Identity in a Borderless World," which focused on current issues of international arts management such as international models of arts funding, public policy making, and performance & visual arts. Gregory is also an Eagle Scout. With the Scouts he traveled to the 18th World Jamboree in The Netherlands where the theme was Future is Now . The event was attended by Royalty from the Netherlands, Sweden, Jordan, and Sadako Ogata, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Gregory has also represented Congressional Districts from Western New York, New York City, Hawaii, and California at Museum Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., meeting with four Congressional Representatives discussing the needs of and for Museums. He has lived in Cattaraugus, Erie, and Genesee Counties, along with New York City, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Prior to GO ART! Gregory has worked at Shea's Performing Arts Center and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources.
KAREN CANNING is the founding Director (1997) of GLOW Traditions, a program that documents, researches and presents traditional arts and folklife in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where her research focused on Mexican indigenous music and American traditional dance and music. Canning’s work in western New York includes traditional American music genres; ethnic music, dance, and arts (Hispanic, Italian, Polish); artists’ residencies; world dance traditions; foodways; Native American arts; occupational folklore; rodeo arts; and rural-based arts. Her public programs encompass concerts, lectures, workshops, arts education residencies, festivals, and exhibits. Canning is an active member of the New York Folklore Society and American Folklore Society, frequently participating in statewide initiatives to support New York’s traditional cultures. She is also a cellist and steel pan player, and a member of Panloco Steel Band.
MARY JO WHITMAN is the Education/SCR Coordinator at GO ART!. She earned a MA in Critical Museum Studies from the University of Buffalo. Graduating from SUNY Brockport summa cum laude, she holds a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture and a minor in Art History. She also has an AAS in Fine Arts from Genesee Community College. Prior to accepting the position at GO ART! Mary Jo was the Art Gallery Coordinator for the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College, where she focused on enhancing the students’ education through exposure to a variety of mediums and art forms while curating diverse and dynamic exhibitions for the community to enjoy. Passionate about promoting and fostering the arts, she served on the Board of Directors at GO ART! from 2015-2018, chairing the External Affairs and Gallery Committees. Mary Jo has also had the honor of speaking as a guest lecturer to several artistic and educational groups, as well as served as a juror for many exhibitions across the region, including the Congressional Art Competition for the 27th District.
ALLISON HAMILTON is the Marketing & Promotions Specialist for The Wyoming County Council for the Arts, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, and The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. Allison has an Honors B.A. from Ithaca College in English Literature & Letters. They also a poet and writer with work featured in online journals including High Shelf Press and Shakespeare & Punk. They are currently working on an interview series featuring women artists in rural NYS.