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Shunpike Appoints Line Sandsmark New Executive Director

Posted on: Friday, March 4th, 2016

SEATTLE, Wash. – Shunpike is pleased to announce Line Sandsmark as the organization’s new executive director. Sandsmark most recently served as managing director of Northwest Film Forum and her appointment concludes a national search for a seasoned nonprofit arts leader. As executive director, Sandsmark will lead Shunpike in its work supporting the grassroots arts sector, including the 160+ arts groups it serves directly.

“We are thrilled to welcome Line to Shunpike,” said Leah Baltus, president of the Shunpike Board of Directors. “Line has deep experience working with a variety of creative disciplines to build opportunities for artists, which will make her a great advocate for Shunpike’s wide range of clients. I cannot wait to see how her leadership and vision carry Shunpike forward into its next chapter.”

Sandsmark’s international and local arts leadership experience includes working as producer or executive director for various film organizations in Scandinavia, in addition to her more recent roles as development director, then managing director of Northwest Film Forum. Sandsmark has also collaborated extensively with performing arts groups in theater, dance and fashion, and earned her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She has authored commissioned reports on the viability and sustainability of film and cinema initiatives in both Norway and the Middle East, and her work in the field of documentary financing and production has taken her all over the world.

“I have immense respect for Shunpike’s impact on the arts community,” said Sandsmark. “Having worked as a producer, funder and facilitator of the arts throughout my entire career, I know how crucial this organization’s services are to the independent artists and groups it supports. I’m honored to serve Shunpike’s mission, and eager to further develop its services in support of our region’s creative community.”

Sandsmark replaces outgoing executive director Jennifer Barry, who returns to her native Australia this month after 2.5 years of outstanding service, leaving Shunpike in its strongest-ever financial position.