Creative Development Advisor
Dedicated to aligning resources for artists and creatives, Cecily Habimana is both an arts advocate and innovator. She is passionate about working with individual artists and arts organizations to create and execute plans related to securing resources. With 15 years experience in the nonprofit arts sector, Cecily has developed a robust set of skills spanning fundraising, relationship management and grant writing.
Cecily Habimana previously served as the Assistant Director of Institutional Giving for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was responsible for the corporate, government agency and foundation fundraising activities of The Clarice and the performing arts schools that partner with The Clarice during the academic year. Prior to that, Cecily served as the Manager of Institutional and Major Gifts at Atlas Performing Arts Center, where she managed a comprehensive portfolio of foundation and government donors who supported annual operations and programs.
From 2005 to 2007, Cecily served as the Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Dance Institute of Washington, where she managed their professional dance company. It was in this position that she was inspired to obtain her MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. Following her passion in dance and desire to speak French fluently, she accepted a teaching fellowship in Senegal, West Africa in 2010. Additionally over the years, Cecily has worked as a consultant for organizations such as Howard University School of Communications, Guatemalan Tourism Commission and Kankouran West African Dance Company. These projects have rounded out her understanding of the nonprofit sector and allowed her to utilize her skills in other ways.
Mrs. Habimana is a woman of many talents. She is co-owner of Sew Creative Lounge in Mount Rainier, Maryland that seeks to teach the world to sew one stitch at a time. She also has her own fashion label, Simply Cecily, a ready to wear women’s clothing line.
“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
~John F. Kennedy