Elissa Blount Moorhead, Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer
Elissa is a Baltimore-based arts leader and artist. She has served as advisor for both The Contemporary and a Public Art Commissioner since moving here from Brooklyn, New York in 2014. In NYC and beyond she spent 25 years as curator, producer, and arts programmer.
Previously Ms. Blount Moorhead taught at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Art and Cultural Management, and Parsons Graduate School of Design. She served as curator and Executive Director at Red Clay Arts in NYC, as Program Director of RushKids, arts education program administered by Rush Arts Gallery. She lectures and publishes work internationally. She served as Weeksville Heritage Center’s Vice Director and Director of Design, Programming, and Exhibitions for seven years where, she developed the education, exhibition, and programming slate for WHC’s contemporary gallery, garden, and performance spaces. She also launched its 19,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold Cultural Arts Building. She has been both co-curator and artist in multisite public art projects with groups such as Creative Time, FLUX, and Art in Odd Places. As a former entertainment attorney she served as in-house counsel for Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street) MTV Networks, and BET. She hold’s degrees from Syracuse University, American University, and Parson School of Design.
She is a partner in TNEG film studio alongside film icons Malik Sayeed and Arthur Jafa. She recently published a sex positive double entendre “children’s” book entitled P is for Pussy. Moorhead is a Baltimore City resident and the mother of two children.