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Moriah directs programs and services for artists and arts organizations. She manages, specifically, the Audience Development Initiatives including the Marketing Capacity Program, Audience Opportunity Tool, and the Arts Marketers Network.   

Q + A

Q. What book do you always recommend to a friend looking for a good read?

A. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant or Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Historical fiction FTW.

Q. What do you do on your days off?

A. I attend a lot of local shows, grab drinks with friends, kayak or lounge with my two attention-demanding cats.

Q. What music dominates your library?

A. Indie-eclectic, alternative, hip-hop, singer-songwriter… Shout out to K.Flay’s recent success!

Q. Why do you support the arts?

A. Because art, in all its forms, allows the expression of experience and humanity that transcends language and cultural barriers – facilitating unexpected connections.


Moriah Hillson joined ArtsKC in March 2017 as Program Manager, Audience Development to lead the build and launch of She is responsible for the management and continuous improvement of the platform and the evaluation of the marketing needs of regional arts organizations. She also leads research and programming of additional audience development initiatives and related community partnerships. Her experience has lead to the development of the Arts Marketers Network, Marketing Capacity Program, and Virtual Marketing Classes. In addition to her work at ArtsKC, Moriah serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Artists Coalition and formerly the Latino Arts Foundation.

Moriah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Drury University. She has developed a passion for connecting with the community and facilitating engagement through development and marketing roles with organizations such as the Kansas City Symphony and Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City.

Classically trained in vocal performance, Moriah’s love of the arts stems from participating in solo, ensemble and large choral groups throughout her education. She has recently performed with the Kansas City Women’s Chorus and the Community Chorus lead by local artist, Ellie Grace.