GO ART! Staff

Gregory A. Hallock
Executive Director
ghallock@goart.org (585) 343-9313
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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
Traditional Arts Coordinator
glowtradtions@goart.org (585) 343-9313
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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.


Jodi Fisher
DEC Coordinator 
jfisher@goart.org   (585) 343-9313
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JODI FISHER is the Decentralization Grant Program Coordinator at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.  Jodi has an M.S. in Geological Science from the University at Buffalo with a certificate of advanced study in Professional Science Management. She also has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Buffalo.  Jodi was lucky enough to have lived in France for a year with her family, in her early teen years. During her time in France she visited several countries and experienced many cultures.  Because of her time in Europe, she developed a love of learning about and experiencing different cultures.  Jodi enjoys many past times, which include creative writing, enjoying the outdoors and making jewelry.  


Carol Hertel
Membership/Volunteer Coordinator
chertel@goart.org   (585) 343-9313
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CAROL HERTEL is the Membership/Volunteer Coordinator/Office Assistant  at GO ART!. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from D’Youville College and a Master of Science in Nursing from SUNY Buffalo. She has spent 45 years as a registered nurse in a variety of nursing roles. The majority of those years she was employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Batavia and lastly at Batavia Hematology-Oncology. Carol and her husband are working on their bucket travel list, enjoying the culture, history, art and traditions of the countries they visit. She takes great pleasure in her four granddaughters. Carol is still looking for her inner artist. She has dabbled in writing poetry, creating needlework, sewing medieval clothing, playing instruments, painting in watercolor and photographing her travels.


Rebekah Ireland
Bookkeeper/Office Assistant
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REBEKAH IRELAND is the Bookkeeper/Office Assitant at GO ART!. Rebekah has an Associates in Science for Accounting from SUNY Genesee Community College and is working towards her Baccalaureate Degree for Accounting at SUNY Brockport. She has worked at The Genesee Country Village & Museum for 3 years as an Accounting Intern. A lover of the fine arts, Rebekah was involved in choirs in high school, musical theater, and played the clarinet and bass clarinet in band. She dabbles in poetry in her free time and loves to write short stories. She is also working on traveling around as much as she can and loves visiting new places.