Please feel free to contact any of the Allegany Arts Council staff members directly via email. You are also welcome to contact us by telephone during normal office hours at 301-777-ARTS (2787).

Chris Sloan
Executive Director

Chris is an award-winning art director, author, and visual communicator. Prior to moving to Cumberland in 2010, Mr. Sloan worked with National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C., as Art Director, Senior Editor, and Director of Mission Projects. Mr. Sloan is also an author who has written two feature articles for National Geographic as well as adult books, and nine award-winning children’s books. Mr. Sloan has a B.A. in Communications and enjoys oil painting and etching. He also operates a local design company, Transmedia Design.

Heidi Custer
Program Manager

Heidi is a designer, arts promoter, and entrepreneur with extensive business and travel experience in India. For many years, she has managed an arts & craft based enterprise of hand dyed clothing along with her textile-artist husband, David L. Cook. She was Director of the Bedford County Arts Center before its untimely demise in 2013. Heidi holds a M.A. degree in French Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Bedford County on Fort Royale Farm where she and her husband host and organize the Wills Mountain Festival.

Rebecca DeWitt
Administrative Manager

Rebecca relocated back to this area after many years of living in New England. While there, she pursued a career in non-profit administration, working in the fields of land conservation and the arts. Most recently, she was the Director of the Northern Berkshire Creative Arts Community Center; Program Manager for IS183 Art School; and instructor in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Arts Administration Department. Rebecca has a B.A. in Social Ecology and Fine Arts from Goddard College and is pursuing an M.S. degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Robin Vereen

Robin Vereen has been working with the Arts Council since 2008 when we moved into our current space. During the first four years she was a gallery assistant, managed our Community Room (now the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery) and managed our Arts Bus programs. In fact, she was known as the Arts Bus Lady among many of our elementary school students. In the last two years she has moved into the position of Bookkeeper; keeping an eye on the budget for all of us. She loves art and is actively involved in local theatre.





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