McColl Center Strengthens Commitment to Artists First with Added Staff

Charlotte, NC (October 21, 2021)– McColl Center welcomed three new staff members to bolster McColl Center’s ability to serve as a hub for creativity and catalyst for artistic growth within a renewed commitment to put artists first.

“We are thrilled that Kendra Dodds, Quintel Gwinn, and Maria Pizzati have joined our collaborative team at McColl Center. We knew that a demonstrated, strong commitment to our creative community was vital as we searched for the
right people in these key roles. Kendra, Quintel and Maria have embodied this commitment in their careers. Not only do they share in our belief that art thrives when artists do, they will put this belief into action through leadership in their
roles at McColl Center,” said Alli Celebron-Brown, President + CEO.

Kendra Dodds, Marketing + Public Relations Director  (she/her)

Kendra has over 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing and development in the nonprofit and private sectors. She moved to Charlotte from Ann Arbor, MI in 2019, where she worked at The Michigan Theater and The Henry Ford Museum in development and events. Kendra was drawn to McColl Center’s unique space and the opportunity for artists to create and showcase their work in a dynamic environment. She is excited to join McColl Center to continue supporting its mission of putting artists first. Kendra is active in the community and enjoys volunteering at events around town!

Quintel Gwinn, Programs Director (she/her)

Quintel Gwinn is a spatial activist, community advocate and placemaker. Drawing on her formal education and experience in interior architecture and design, Quintel serves as an educator who advances creative research and champions innovation. She is committed to creating access to the arts for all and connecting artists and creatives with the resources they need to advance their work. 

Prior to joining McColl Center, Quintel’s most recent endeavors included Charlotte Project Lead for the League of Creative Interventionists, a creative placemaking organization, Co-Founder of Current Collective—a state-wide curated alliance that connects black designers, artists and creatives and Program Manager for the Johnson C. Smith University West Complex Project—a placemaking initiative designed to support community engagement in the Historic West End district of Charlotte. 

Maria Pizzati, Philanthropy + Databse Coordinator (she/her)

Maria is a native of south Louisiana and thrilled to join McColl Center as the Philanthropy & Database Coordinator. As an art enthusiast, she is honored to be part of an organization that puts artists first. She can’t wait to discover more about Charlotte while supporting the arts in the office and at community events.