Please feel free to contact any of the Allegany Arts Council staff members directly via email. You are also welcome to contact us by telephone during normal office hours at 301-777-ARTS (2787).

Chris Sloan
Executive Director

Chris is an award-winning art director, author, and visual communicator. Prior to moving to Cumberland in 2010, Mr. Sloan worked with National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C., as Art Director, Senior Editor, and Director of Mission Projects. Mr. Sloan is also an author who has written two feature articles for National Geographic as well as adult books, and nine award-winning children’s books. Mr. Sloan has a B.A. in Communications and enjoys oil painting and etching. He also operates a local design company, Transmedia Design.

Heidi Custer
Program Manager

Heidi is a designer, arts promoter, and entrepreneur with extensive business and travel experience in India. For many years, she has managed an arts & craft based enterprise of hand dyed clothing along with her textile-artist husband, David L. Cook. She was Director of the Bedford County Arts Center before its untimely demise in 2013. Heidi holds a M.A. degree in French Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Bedford County on Fort Royale Farm where she and her husband host and organize the Wills Mountain Festival.

Robin Vereen

Robin Vereen has been working with the Arts Council since 2008 when we moved into our current space. During the first four years she was a gallery assistant, managed our Community Room (now the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery) and managed our Arts Bus programs. In fact, she was known as the Arts Bus Lady among many of our elementary school students. In the last two years she has moved into the position of Bookkeeper; keeping an eye on the budget for all of us. She loves art and is actively involved in local theatre.

Samantha Kennedy
Administrative and Children's Program Manager

Samantha is a mother, yogi, teacher, and aspiring children’s author. She grew up in Shepherdstown, WV, where she attended Shepherd University. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies, completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in 2014 at Jala Yoga, and obtained certification as a Montessori elementary teacher in 2016 through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Samantha settled in the Cumberland area in 2010 with her family after living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for two years. She is passionate about children’s programming and is excited to bring that zeal to the Allegany Arts Council.

Desiree Bullard
Gallery and Communications Assistant

Desiree is a long-time Cumberland resident. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she lived in Ohio, California, and Southern Maryland before her family settled in Mountain Maryland. In 2010, she received her B.S. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from Frostburg State University. As an undergraduate, she also studied Journalism and Public Relations. Later she returned to FSU for graduate school and received a Master’s in Business Administration in 2017.

Elizabether Kegg
Gallery Assistant

Liz is a Cumberland native and a student at Frostburg State University, where she is studying graphic design and photography. She also volunteers as a docent at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts and works in the FSU campus bookstore. Along with photography and design, Liz is interested in ink and watercolor illustrations. She will graduate from FSU in 2019. Liz currently resides in Frostburg, Maryland.

Courtney McKay
Gallery Assistant

Courtney grew up in Cumberland and has a BA in Arts Business from Messiah College. She also works for the Allegany Museum and the C. Williams Museum of the Arts, and she is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration at Frostburg State University. She has experience in collections management, exhibition management, volunteer coordinating and education within museums. In her spare time, Courtney teaches yoga and loves to cook.





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