DOMINIQUE ALFANDRE – Executive Director
Dominique Alfandre has been involved in arts management since college, where she managed singing groups, produced plays and inhaled a seminar in arts management with Tom Wolfe. On graduation, she moved to New York, becoming Assistant Manager for Nikolais Dance Theatre and then a press representative at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She moved to Newport in 1982 just as Miki Ohlsen and a group of dancers were forming the Island Moving Co. Beginning as a Board member, Dominique is now Executive Director. She became active in the arts community in Rhode Island, especially interested in the need for a performing arts space for Newport. She helped to found the RI Dance Consortium; RI Citizens for the Arts; and the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, which she chaired for 8 years. She has worked as a consultant with Janice Kissinger in Non Profit Advisory Services and has offered counsel to many fledgling arts organizations. She has served on the Boards of Island Arts, RI Citizens for the Arts and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Dominique was a 2005 RI Foundation Fellow and received the Arts & Business Council’s Arts Advocate Award in 2005. In 2010, she was recognized for her contribution to the arts community with the inaugural “Dominique Award” by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. Dominique graduated from Harvard University in 1979. She lives in Newport with her husband, Thomas Palmer. They have two daughters, Luned and Rosamund.