Dietra Harvey has been named to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Board of Trustees.


For more than 25 years Harvey has worked in the Human Services field in various capacities including direct service, and program development and management.  Currently, she is employed by the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica and serves as the Utica Administrator for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). By Mayoral appointment, Harvey also serves as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Utica.


As the sole proprietor of Destiny Does Happen, Harvey consults as an Engagement Strategist offering customized workshops, facilitation, and motivational speaking. Her service to and support of many community initiatives includes: Immediate Past President, Utica/Oneida County Branch of the NAACP; Past President and Vice President, YWCA Mohawk Valley; First District Director service area NY, NJ, and New England, Frontiers International; Chaplin/Membership Chairperson, Mohawk Valley Frontiers; City of Utica and Oneida County Youth Advisory Board; Oneida County Convictions and Integrity Committee; and the Oneida County Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Capstone Team.


Harvey will join the board of 12 trustees that governs MWPAI and its divisions, including Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art with PrattMWP College of Art and Design. Trustees are appointed to an initial term of three years. Under the board’s guidance, MWPAI in 2019 served more than 150,000 people.


The MWPAI Board of Trustees includes: Chair William C. Craine, Vice Chair F. X. Matt III, Secretary Robert Knight, Vige Barrie, Steven J. Brown, Michael D. Cominsky, Emma Golden, Donna Harkavy, Steven R. Kowalsky, Carmen Sonia Martinez, and Peggy O’Shea. Michael D. Damsky and John B. Stetson serve as Trustee Emeriti.

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