For more than three decades, Cash Hester has been a champion of arts and culture. Her experience in the areas of art, world culture and travel have made her one of the Baltimore’s’ most recognized and respected program and project producers.
Hester began her professional career, with the airline industry while still in college. That experience gave her the opportunity to travel extensively both domestically and internationally. As a marketing trainer for Eastern Airlines, Hester had the chance to work with travel professionals around the world. This enabled her to see and embrace new cultures firsthand. This led her to a more intimate view, understanding and respect for the art and culture of various countries and regions.
After leaving the travel industry, Ms. Hester used her knowledge to develop, coordinate and manage cultural, fundraising events in addition to programming for some of Baltimore's most respected institutions. This included The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and the James E. Lewis Museum at Morgan State University, as well as others.
Ms. Hester's career in the arts has always had an emphasis on outreach, exposing both children and adults, to the world of art and culture. Her pursuit led to the development of the Cultural Arts and Travel Society (C.A.T.S.) and "Kiddie" C.A.T.S. (both are now a part of Concepts By Cash)
The goal of these organizations are to develop new art consumers, supporters and audiences, by helping people discover the “art” of living good through travel, culture and arts.
In 2003, Cash Hester developed and introduced the “Performing Arts Series for Young People to Baltimore, with the mission of creating “the next generation of theater goers” and in 10 seasons served over 10,000 students in the out of school hours. In 2006, Hester introduced the Extended Artists-In-Residency Program designed to give students long-term, in-depth, hands-on art experiences. Concepts By Cash now provides art enrichment instructors to after school programs such as, Baltimore Child First Authority and The Rice Youth Development Corporation.
In the fall of 2008, Hester received training as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant, certified by the industry leader, The Protocol School of Washington. Adding etiquette and protocol complimenting her art and culture background was a natural career progression.
Ms. Hester received an Art Partnership Award from Baltimore’s Child First Authority in 2009, and in 2010 & 2011 awards from the Maryland State Department of Education for Contributions to Extended Learning.
Working with schools, businesses, and institutions, as well as private groups and individuals, Ms. Hester teaches dining, social and business etiquette workshops. In 2011 she combined her travel industry corporate and customer service experience, to develop and begin offering workshops on image and customer service as well.
Throughout her time in Baltimore, Ms. Hester has served on numerous boards including the Community Outreach Committee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Joshua Johnson Council, Congressman Elijah Cummings Cultural Arts Committee and the Dance Baltimore Board. Additionally she supports local arts and social action organizations including Associated Black Charities, the NAACP, School 33 Arts Center and the Village Learning Place. She has been a jury panelist for the annual Artscape Festival, and was a member of then Mayor Martin O’Malley’s Transition Team.
In 2013 Cash Hester evolved Concepts By Cash into two divisions; an Arts Management and Production Company and a Professional Development Group. These two divisions supply consulting and teaching opportunities for over 20 art and business professionals in the Baltimore area.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Ms. Hester attended college in Boston Massachusetts; she then completed her education by traveling the world for the next 15 years. Ms. Hester has moved up and down the east coast of the United States, and has spent time living in Europe and Great Britain, and now makes her home in Baltimore Maryland.
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