Gallery Route One hires part-time director

David Briggs
NONPROFITS: Holen Sabrina Kahn joined Gallery Route One this week as a part-time executive director. An Inverness resident since 2015, Ms. Kahn is a documentary filmmaker and professor with experience in management. Her last film, “A Quiet Inquisition,” followed a Nicaraguan doctor contending with a law that bans abortions, even in cases of rape, incest and when a woman’s life is at risk.  

As the first day on the job for the new executive director of Gallery Route One wound down, it felt like an information overload. “My brain is exploding right now in the best of ways,” said Holen Sabrina Kahn, who joined the nonprofit arts organization as its part-time executive director this week. As she learns the day-to-day operation of the gallery, she’s also getting a sense of its 20-plus members. Those include Mary Mountcastle Eubank, who worked as the gallery’s acting executive director since the death last summer of longtime E.D. Betty Woolfolk. “She was right for us,” Ms. Eubank said of Ms. Kahn. “We liked her very much when we met her. She seemed like a person who liked to work collaboratively, which is something very important to us because that’s how we run our organization.” For Ms. Kahn, a filmmaker and visual artist who has focused on human rights documentaries, a major part of her mission is to “impart a story of a place and community in a way that provides more paths for funding, support and bringing people in.” Ms. Kahn taught media and cinema at universities on both coasts, and has served as the director of educational innovation at the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, where she designed a curriculum for aspiring filmmakers of all ages. She moved to Inverness with her husband, Michael, in 2015 and has been working as a consultant for H.B.O. while teaching a course on montage at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Ms. Eubank said her experience with managing organizations earned her the job. Sitting outside the gallery on a bench that’s dedicated to Ms. Woolfolk, Ms. Kahn said she recognizes the gravitas of the role. “From everything I understand about Betty, she was extraordinary, and I can’t fill her shoes,” she said. “But I think there’s a way for me to give a fresh perspective and to consider new things without encumbering what can be done. There’s a possibility that we can make anything.”