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.



Theresa Kehl
Education/DEC Coordinator 
tkehl@goart.org   (585) 343-9313
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THERESA KEHL was born to a family of musicians and creative artists, her passions were formed from an early age, and one of her greatest joys is to share these passions with others. To that end, Theresa has crafted a career teaching and learning at every level from toddlers to senior citizens, in private and public education, community continuing education, and private instruction. She was privileged to earn her formal music education at the Eastman School of Music, with emphasis on Music Education, Piano, Choral Conducting, and Accompanying. As a high school student, Theresa fell in love with musical theater; she has pursued the opportunity to be accompanist, vocal coach, and musical director for community, high school and college productions. Her Master’s degree tapped another passion and delight; a focus on Early Childhood Education, specifically the “Music Time” series of classes with Dr. Donna Brink Fox through the Eastman Community Music School. Theresa brings an enthusiasm to grow the Explore Art! Program at GO ART! to provide exposure and classes to the Genesee-Orleans Region for people of all ages and walks of life. Increased Early Childhood Music Classes; expanded field trip experiences for school age children; a “hook” for teens and young adults through  music; Slam Poetry and Spoken Word; increased efforts to engage a more diverse and inclusive constituency right here in our communities; and engaged collaboration with the many talented professionals who live and work here are all in the plan and vision to make GO ART! a cultural showcase and resource for Arts Education in Western New York.


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.

Allison Hamilton
Marketing & PR



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.