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New Hope Arts Announces Christine Ramirez As New Executive Director

The nonprofit group has named its new executive director.

Christine Ramirez and Carol Cruickshanks.
Credit: New Hope Arts

New Hope Arts has found its new executive director to lead the nonprofit organization.

Christine Ramirez has been named the new executive director and takes on her new role in March.

The organization founded in 2002 continues its mission to foster creativity, community engagement, and cultural enrichment through its diverse programs and exhibitions.

Ramirez’s association with New Hope Arts dates back to 2005 when she joined as the director’s assistant, which helped shape the center’s artistic vision. Her work became even more key after the unexpected passing of the center’s founder, Robin Larsen in 2009.

Ramirez led the center for two years during a critical transition period. At the time, she was balancing her responsibilities with her new family.

Despite stepping down to focus on her family, Ramirez remained a crucial part of New Hope Arts, transitioning to the role of exhibition specialist.

Ramirez’s work, alongside outgoing Executive Director Carol Cruickshanks and a dedicated team contributed to the center’s sustained growth over a decade.

The recent temporary closure and reopening of the New Hope Arts for renovations, including the addition of an ADA-compliant elevator, marks a significant chapter in its history.

The inside of the New Hope Arts Center.
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During this period, Ramirez continued to pursue her passion for the arts at the Michener Art Museum, gaining insights from a larger institution.

“Assuming the leadership at New Hope Arts is more than a career move for me,” Ramirez said. “It’s a deeply personal journey that spans 18 years of devotion to this organization and community. In this role, I aim to build upon Robin and Carol’s legacy while bringing a different perspective into our artistic endeavors, particularly in the realms of musical, theatrical, and literary arts as well as stretching our boundaries in Fine Arts and Crafts.”

The Board of Directors at New Hope Arts said they were “excited to welcome Ramirez back with open arms.”

Larry Keller, New Hope Arts board chairman and borough mayor, praised Ramirez’s extensive knowledge, leadership, and passion for the arts.

“I am confident her passion for the arts will ensure a positive, seamless transition for New Hope Arts,” he said.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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