Aslan Foundation Executive Director
2017 – present
As Executive Director of the Aslan Foundation, Andrea oversees all grantmaking, public private partnerships, and Foundation projects. Responsibilities include strategic planning, program development, community relations, financial oversight, and day to day management of a hundred and seventy-five acres of foundation property, park land, and buildings.
The Aslan Foundation was established in 1994 by attorney Lindsay Young. The Foundation’s funding priorities include arts and culture, historic preservation, animal welfare, land conservation, outdoor recreation, and advancing livability in Knoxville. The Foundation works to strengthen the Knoxville community through grant making, Foundation projects, and public private partnerships.
The Aslan Foundation is committed to historic preservation and outdoor recreation in Knoxville and has demonstrated that commitment through a range of projects. From the opening of Loghaven Artist Residency, High Ground Park, and the Candoro Marble Building, to the current rehabilitation of the Eugenia Williams House, the Foundation believes that historic sites are worth saving and sharing.
The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on capacity building and has led to leaps forward in programming and sustainability for organizations such as the Young Williams Animal Center, Friends of the Smokies, Cancer Support Community, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knox Heritage, Knoxville Opera, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
The Foundation’s largest project to date is the Loghaven Artist Residency. Loghaven’s mission is to serve artists by providing them with a transformative residency experience and continued post-residency support. Loghaven is located on ninety acres of woodland in Knoxville, Tennessee. Artists live in five historic log cabins that have been both rehabilitated and modernized to create an ideal setting for reflection and work, and they have access to new, purpose-built studio space. Loghaven is completely funded. All Loghaven Fellows are awarded stipends to support the creation of new work during the residency. In 2021, Sanders Pace Architecture was awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Award for Architecture for the Loghaven Artist Residency. This distinction has only been awarded to one other project in Tennessee. Andrea is currently leading the rehabilitation of the 1941 Eugenia Williams House and its twenty-four acres overlooking the Tennessee River. Noted Houston architect John Fanz Staub designed the home for Ms. Williams. The home and grounds will be programmed for public use and benefit.
Art & History Museums – Maitland Executive Director
2010 – 2016
As Executive Director of the Art & History Museums – Maitland (The A&H,) Andrea managed a one million dollar operating budget, five museums, two campuses, all exhibition and educational programming including the launch of the artist-in-residence and Art31 programs, fund development, marketing, and several restoration and new construction projects. In addition,. Andrea oversaw the merger of the Maitland Art Center with the Maitland Historical Society in 2010 including management of every aspect from legal to rebranding to human resources to financial and physical consolidation.
The A&H is a premier Central Florida cultural destination and community gathering place. Discover something new every time you visit. From professional artists working in their studios at Orlando’s first National Historic Landmark to hands on 19th century woodworking, the museums offer unparalleled opportunities for enrichment and inspiration. Programming includes art classes and workshops, hands-on history programs, interactive exhibits, special events, and more. The two campuses include a 1937 artists’ colony with Aztec and Mayan architectural influences, a Victorian house museum, a working antique tool museum, an interactive telephone museum, and a local history museum. There truly is something for everyone and each experience is well worth the trip.