Stephen Pierson
Executive Director

Stephen moved to Brooklyn in 1998, drawn to the vibrancy of its arts community. In 2006 his passion for the arts led him to co-found Canteen, where he served as Executive Director until 2014.
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At Canteen, Stephen produced numerous public art shows and events, founded an arts tutoring program for at-risk youth, and published two biannual, nationally-distributed journals. As a 20-year Brooklyn resident, Stephen has fought to keep the borough artist-friendly—both as an elected County Committee member, and as a member of Community Board 2 and its Cultural Affairs committee. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media program. He currently resides in Greenpoint with his wife and two young daughters.
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Sally Hong
Assistant Project Manager

Originally from Shanghai, China, Sally was previously the Collections Management Assistant at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler Museum of Asian Art. She holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies
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from George Washington University, and bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Communications from the University of Southern California. Sally believes that art can promote cultural exchange and a better understanding of diversity.

Zhiyuan Yang
Artist & Designer

Zhiyuan Yang was born in Beijing, China. She was dreaming of becoming a journalist, then suddenly decided to do some art. Now, Yang prefers being a starving artist but keeps her dignity.