Las Vegas City Council Ratifies New Director Of Cultural Affairs

Ally R. Haynes-Hamblen Previously Served As Director Of Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts 


The Las Vegas City Council today ratified the hiring of Ally R. Haynes-Hamblen as the new director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Haynes-Hamblen was selected to lead the department by City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell following a national search. She previously served as the director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, in Scottsdale, Arizona and will now oversee the city of Las Vegas’ performing, visual and public art programs.


Over the past 13 years in Scottsdale Haynes-Hamblen oversaw a $6 million budget, and was responsible for an 853-seat theater, a 137-seat theater, a 2,000-seat outdoor amphitheater and 1,500-seat outdoor stage. She also oversaw the annual three-day Scottsdale Arts Festival; a fine arts festival now in it’s 47th year that is consistently ranked among the top ten arts festivals in the country.


Prior to working in Scottsdale, Haynes-Hamblen was a general manager and associate producer for a national touring theatrical production company. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Mass Communication from the University of Denver.


The city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs oversees venues such as the Charleston Heights Arts Center, the Centennial Hills Amphitheater, the West Las Vegas Arts Center, Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza and the Historic Fifth Street School. The office also curates four art galleries, and manages the award-winning Rainbow Co. Youth Theater Program.


The city also supports the Las Vegas Arts Commission and hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year including the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival.


The former director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Nancy Deaner, retired in 2016 after being named department director in 2012. Deaner had been with the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs since 1994.

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