Leatrice Ellzy, a curator, producer, thinker and fan of disruption, is the director of Hammonds House Museum. She has a penchant for pushing the envelope to engage new responses to old questions and solutions to old problems. Her unique skill set has been developed over 29-years of migrating through non-profit management and development, broadcast, media relations, arts presenting and technology. She has held key management positions with organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA, YWCA, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Fulton Government Television.
Her arts management and administration experience developed through work at Woodruff Arts Center and the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF). She was the Project Director of Spirit and Splendor: A Celebration of African American Art and Culture at the Woodruff Arts Center. Its success launched the long running Celebrate Diversity initiative. While at Woodruff she collaborated with NBAF leading them to invite her to work with the Festival in 2002. She produced for NBAF from 2002-2005. In 2005 she was hired to manage the organization’s artistic programming and later became the organization’s 5th Artistic Director.
Leatrice is active in the field and is frequently asked to sit on panels, serve on advisory committees and participate in conversations about the state of the arts nationally, regionally and locally. Her past and present professional affiliations include Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Fractured Atlas, Women of Color in the Arts, the Contemporary African Arts Consortium, C4 Atlanta, Idea Capital, Fulton County Arts Council, LANE National Advisory Committee and the City of Atlanta Arts Funding Taskforce. She hosts and produces the 13th Floor Lounge Podcast, which examines the artists, thinkers and doers who are animating our NOW.