The nonprofit Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities hired a new director for its arts programming arm, the Cook Arts Center.
Grand Rapids-based Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities said it hired Eleanor Moreno as the new director of the Cook Arts Center.
Moreno has extensive experience in community engagement and leadership. She will work with neighbors and arts center staff to strengthen existing programs and develop new community partnerships and arts initiatives.
As an active member of the community, Moreno served in many capacities, including on the Kent County Essential Needs Task Force – Food and Nutrition Coalition, the Latino Community Coalition and the Challenge Scholars Advisory Committee.
“We’re excited for her to harness this extensive knowledge and insight into our city’s resources to benefit Grandville Avenue’s youth and families,” the organization said.
In her prior role as director of community engagement at The Other Way Ministries, she developed innovative programs, new community engagement strategies and community-led initiatives around food justice. She has presented her work locally and nationally and continues working with the community, keeping relationships at the center.
She also is co-founder of CO2 Storytelling, which provides a platform for “real people to be heard” by gathering stories from the neighborhood and presenting their concerns to people in power to effect change.
“I’m eager to leverage my skills and experiences to support our neighborhood youth,” Moreno said. “I am excited to help the rest of our city see the enormous power and value that I see here in the neighborhood every day. I couldn’t be happier to not only live in the neighborhood I love but now work here, too.”
Moreno was born in Chicago before moving with her family to live in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood when she was 10 years old.
She attended Everest Institute and Calvin University.