TSA is growing. Our diverse membership of artists, scholars, curators, teachers, conservators, dealers, collectors, and students continues to expand. At the same time, we are developing new systems and new programs, like Textiles Close Up, to increase the benefits of membership and fulfill our mission as an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of textile knowledge. To facilitate this growth, last fall the Board of Directors approved the establishment of an Executive Director position.
The Textile Society of America is very pleased to announce the appointment of Tali Weinberg as the new Executive Director. Tali brings a decade of experience working for nonprofits and a knowledge of textiles that reaches across disciplines, creative practices, and national borders. Prior to joining TSA, Tali was the Program Officer for Global Goods Partners (GGP), a nonprofit that creates economic opportunity for artisans in marginalized communities around the world. At GGP Tali managed programs that generated income for thousands of women and oversaw a small-grants program that provided funds for community-led development projects and training for artisans. To increase the reach of GGP she implemented new communications strategies and developed leadership opportunities for college students in the US. As a consultant for America Jewish World Service, a global grassroots-development organization, Tali expanded a fellowship program to send college graduates to volunteer with community-based organizations in Asia and the Americas. In addition, she worked for Sanmitra Trust in Mumbai, India, The Coexistence Initiative, and for volunteer and advocacy programs at New York University’s Bronfman Center.
Tali is also an artist, curator, and educator whose art practice draws from a number of textile techniques including weaving and natural dyeing. Her work has been shown at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the Textile Arts Center (TAC) in Brooklyn, and other venues in California and New York. From 2012-2013 she co-directed PLAySPACE, an exhibition program at California College of the Arts (CCA). In 2011 Tali curated “Good Work,” an exhibition on textiles and labor featuring artists and designers from around the world. She received her MFA from CCA in 2013 and holds a BA in International Development and an interdisciplinary MA with honors from New York University. She lives in Berkley, California. We welcome her to TSA and look forward to working with her.
Dear TSA members and friends,
It is a pleasure and a privilege to step into this role at such an exciting moment for the TSA. I look forward to getting to know all of you in the years to come and seeing many of you at the 2014 Symposium in Los Angeles. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you have for how we can better serve your needs. It is the knowledge, experience, and support of our diverse membership that makes TSA what it is.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Char Cosby, Ellyane Hutchison, and our volunteer Board and Task Representatives for their incredible work over the years. Their dedication and energy have grown TSA to what it is today and paved the way for new developments to come.
Tali will establish the new TSA National Office in Berkeley, California and oversee the operations of the organization, working closely with the Board. The email contact for TSA remains the same, though the mailing address and telephone are new:
Tali Weinberg, Executive Director
Textile Society of America
PO Box 5617
Berkeley, CA 94705