Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Ashraf Hasham

Executive Director, The Vera Project

Ashraf Hasham is the Executive Director of The Vera Project, an all-ages, volunteer-fueled music venue & DIY arts space at the Seattle Center. He comes to this role from a short stint at Chicago’s largest arts education provider, Urban Gateways, where he was Program Manager for Advocacy & Engagement. Prior to that, he helped run Seattle’s TeenTix, a revolutionary arts access & youth empowerment organization where he has played multiple roles over the years, most recently as Director of Partnerships & Programs. Ashraf is also involved with Seattle-based nonpartisan civic engagement organization Citizen University, where he helps out with their Youth Power Project. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York City, and gained his chops in the editorial department at Aperture magazine, the external relations department at the Henry Art Gallery (a contemporary art museum on the University of Washington campus), and as the front-of-house manager at On the Boards (Seattle’s renowned contemporary performance mainstay). He was recently voted in as a member of Americans for the Arts' (AFTA) Arts Education Advisory Council, and has formerly served as the youngest member of the Seattle Arts Commission. His writing has appeared on AFTA's ARTSblog, The Seattle Globalist, City Arts, and The Stranger. Ashraf can be seen in the wild on various dance floors as well as at arts events, thrift stores, and live music venues around town.