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Updated: August 2, 2023

Indigo Arts Alliance names next executive director

Indigo Arts Alliance in Portland has appointed as its next executive director a respected community-engagement specialist, educator and cultural leader.

Jordia Benjamin will be responsible for providing strategic direction to the nonprofit art center's statewide, national and global work. She will be the staff lead in advancing Indigo’s mission, and will support the planning, budgeting, fundraising and administrative functions of Indigo Arts Alliance.

Benjamin succeeds the founding executive director, Marcia Minter, who will remain with Indigo Arts as chief strategic growth and innovation officer.

Photo courtesy of Coco McCracken
Jordia Benjamin

Benjamin has been the art center's deputy director for the past two years. She has experience in museum education and college-level teaching. She assumed the director post on July 12. 

“Indigo Arts Alliance’s work is truly transformative for the individual and the public at large,” said Benjamin. “The ripple effect of this work has impacted our local and global community significantly. I’m honored to carry this torch of truth, light and freedom.

"Octavia Butler’s quote, 'All that you touch you change; all that you change, changes you,' perfectly describes Indigo Arts Alliance from the inside out and lives ‘rent free’ in my spirit.”

An avid community member, Benjamin serves on the Museum Education Roundtable board and MassAction Anti-Racism think tank committee. She is a certified museum professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a past fellow of the Cause Effective Next Generation program and part of the inaugural cohort of the 2022-23 National Leaders of Color Network representing Maine and New England. 

Former director continues contribution

Marcia Minter standing in gallery
File photo / Tim Greenway
Marcia Minter, co-founder and executive director of Indigo Arts Alliance in Portland.

Minter, a 2020 Mainebiz Women to Watch, will continue working for the organization as chief strategic growth and innovation officer. In this new role, she will be responsible for identifying pathways to ensure the continued sustainability of the organization.

Minter previously oversaw the operations and creative direction of the organization; she established the headquarters and started the professionally archived work of Indigo Arts Alliance.

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