As Executive Director, Tracee will work to provide young people with access to quality arts learning opportunities, with the understanding that the arts can be critical to a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Tracee Hennigar

Tracee will be responsible for overseeing programs; strategic partnerships; community outreach; fundraising; and program evaluation. With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, event management, public relations, and marketing, Tracee brings a practical, business-minded approach to this nonprofit organization.

Prior to her position with ICAN, Tracee worked as director of special events and sponsorships for Mountain Village in Telluride, Colorado including the Telluride Film Festival. In 2007, she was named executive director of Ah Haa School for the Arts and went on to serve as interim executive director for two youth inspired nonprofits before moving to Santa Barbara. Tracee has volunteered for organizations including the Telluride AIDS Benefit, Telluride Adaptive Ski Program, and San Miguel Resource Center. She received a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from the University of Colorado, where she was also an academic merit scholar.

“Tracee’s individual experience, along with her passion for ICAN’s work, will serve as a powerful addition to the organization,” said NancyBell Coe, ICAN’s board chair. “This appointment will enable ICAN to continue to strengthen its programs, while bringing them to more children in our community.”

About ICAN

ICAN was founded on the belief that all young people should have access to quality arts learning opportunities and that the arts can be critical to a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. ICAN currently serves over 2,200 children at five elementary schools in Santa Barbara County, providing transformational opportunities through music and visual art programs.

ICAN is a supporting organization of the Santa Barbara Foundation. For more information on its programs, visit

About the Santa Barbara Foundation

The mission of the Santa Barbara Foundation is to improve quality of life by creating positive connections between philanthropy and nonprofits who serve our communities. Our goal is to ignite more philanthropy – so we have greater capacity to support and strengthen nonprofits and their potential impact, now and forever.


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