The DREAMS Center for Arts Education Board of Trustees has appointed Annette Freeman as the organization’s Executive Director.
Founded in 1996, Wilmington-based DREAMS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to youth development through the arts.
In the role of executive director, Freeman will oversee the 25-year-old, award-winning nonprofit dedicated to serving and inspiring young people in need through the highest quality free arts programming, according to a press release. .
In 12 months, DREAMS received more than 100 applications and interviewed many outstanding candidates during a nationwide search, the statement said.
“I am touched and honored to have been chosen and tasked with becoming the new Executive Director of DREAMS,” Freeman said in the statement. “I have huge shoes to fill as this organization is much loved and has an esteemed history of providing top-notch arts education and service to students in need and their families. I intend to retain the beauty and legacy of DREAMS while creating and executing a phenomenal vision for the future.”
Freeman is an Emmy Award-winning producer, journalist, and communications and arts professional. Most recently, Freeman was Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Wilson Center and Grants Specialist at the Cape Fear Community College Foundation.
During her career, she has produced documentaries for NBC, MSNBC, A&E, Discovery Channel, TV One, Sundance Channel, PBS and MTV World.
Freeman co-chaired NBCU’s Black Professional Alliance Retention and Recruitment Committee and was a former member of the News Division’s Diversity Council Editorial Board Subcommittee. She was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a visiting professor in the New York Film Academy’s Digital Journalism Program.
Additionally, Freeman was a board member of Women Make Movies and Director of Education for Film and Video Arts in New York City, and she ran her own production company for four years. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the John Patterson Award for Best Documentary, a graduate of Howard University, and a member of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“I am very pleased and honored to announce the appointment of Ms. Freeman to this vital role at DREAMS. Annette brings a wealth of experience, wisdom and enthusiasm to our community, and I am confident that her leadership will be fully embraced. at DREAMS,” LaToia Brown, chair of the DREAMS board of directors, said in the statement. “Her passion for the arts and working collaboratively will inform her work as she plans for the future, enhancing our programs and introducing innovative approaches to youth development through the arts.”