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Diana Cherryholmes

Diana Cherryholmes

Diana Cherryholmes is Director, Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs.  Diana joined the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs in January 2015.

Diana Cherryholmes is former Executive Director of the Huntington Arts Council in Huntington. The Arts Council produces the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, a free performing arts festival that presents dance, music, theatre and spoken word. Cherryholmes is also a founding member of the arts advocacy group ARTS NYS COALITION, formed in 2011 to ensure that the arts in New York State do not lose ground during this critical time and to develop a long-term solution for advocacy efforts moving forward.

She also founded the Long Island Dance Consortium, with a membership of over 30 dance advocates, instructors, choreographers and presenters from Suffolk and Nassau Counties. She currently is a member of the New York State DanceForce and is the former Chair and current steering committee member of the Huntington Community Council, a volunteer organization providing networking and professional development for the Huntington not-for-profit community. Cherryholmes has a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a former panelist for the NYSCA Presenting Program, New Jersey Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour. In 2001, Cherryholmes was selected to participate in the International Leadership Development Forum, a group of multi-national professionals with a goal of increasing international dance residency exchanges held in Aix-en-Provence, France. In 2007, she was named by Times of Huntington Newspaper as Woman of the Year Arts. In her spare time, she teaches sewing and crafts for “Sewtacular” at Tri-Community Youth Agency each Saturday.The Arts Council produces the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, a free performing arts festival that presents dance, music, theatre and spoken word. Cherryholmes is also a founding member of the arts advocacy group ARTS NYS COALITION, formed in 2011 to ensure that the arts in New York State do not lose ground during this critical time and to develop a long-term solution for advocacy efforts moving forward.