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. Julia manages several programs that support individual artists as well, such as the Artist Certification, Artist Fellowship, Opportunity Fund, and Artist Resource Desk.
Julia is a lifelong resident of Jamaica Plain and a graduate of Boston Public Schools. 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 10 years working at arts and education-focused organizations, including museums, universities, after-school arts educational organizations, foundations, and schools. 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 hopes to meet every artist in Boston while serving as Artist Resource Manager.
Julia is an artist herself, too. While most of her training is in printmaking, classical viola, and singing, she currently finds herself most actively drawing and writing songs. She also loves to cook, especially trying new recipes and making things from scratch.