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CoCA Announces New Executive Director Royal Alley-Barnes

logo image for the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WashingtonCoCA Announces New Executive Director Royal Alley-Barnes

Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT. Alley-Barnes brings to CoCA an extremely successful history of arts leadership. She has extensive experience with development, finance, education, and fostering robust relationships.

Royal Alley-Barnes succeeds Nichole DeMent in the Executive Director role, after a productive transition phase featuring the two leaders liaising together at CoCA. Alley-Barnes continues DeMent’s support for CoCA’s collaborative leadership model. We are grateful to DeMent for her years of hard work benefitting the CoCA community and wish her all the best with her new ventures.

For 38 years CoCA has served the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for contemporary art. CoCA embraces creative expression, community, and inclusivity. ​CoCA is a nonprofit thriving on collaboration, hearing collective voices, and building relationships.

The CoCA Board of Directors is honored that Alley-Barnes has chosen to join us as Executive Director. We warmly welcome her to her new role. With Alley-Barnes’ leadership CoCA aspires to deepen our already impactful work within the art community. With her expert guidance we look forward to building new partnerships and strengthening our established relationships. For more information visit and our gallery at 114 3rd Ave S.

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