As Artist Resource Manager for the City of Boston, Julia Ryan serves as the main point of entry and contact at City Hall for Boston artists and arts-focused organizations as they navigate municipal government and seek information on a wide range of issues. She also acts as an advocate for artists, representing their needs to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture to help those in the arts lead more successful and equitable lives throughout the City.
Julia is a lifelong resident of Jamaica Plain, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College before pursuing her master’s at Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on the arts in education. She has spent the past five years working at local arts organizations, and she credits her access to a wide variety of arts learning experiences as a child to shaping her professional goals of focusing on equitable arts experiences, learning, and support systems. She joined the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in 2017 and is excited to continue serving the artists of Boston.
Julia is an artist herself, too. While most of her training is in printmaking and classical viola, she currently finds herself most actively drawing and writing songs. She also loves to cook, especially trying new recipes and making things from scratch, like cheese, pasta, and pickles!