Wharton Arts Appoints Gina Caruso to Key Leadership Role

By David Salazar

Wharton Arts Board of Trustees has named Gina Caruso to the position of Executive Director, effective Nov. 13, 2023.

Caruso, who was voted in unanimously following a four-month search, has worked in leadership positions with Creative Alliance and earned recognition from State senator Bill Ferguson; the organization was named “Best Community Organization in Maryland” in 2019. She also held a five-year directorship at the Doris Duke Theater, served as Manager of Public Programs at Walters Art Museum, and worked with the Honolulu Museum of Art. She was also Assistant Editor of Special Issues and Assistant Photography Editor of The Washington post Magazine.

“In collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director, I’m excited to lead Wharton Arts into the next phase of growth, where we will continue to champion outstanding and inclusive musical performing arts opportunities for youth in New Jersey,” Caruso said in an official press statement.

“I am excited to welcome Gina Caruso, our new Executive Director. I look forward to partnering with her to advance Wharton Arts’ mission and vision,” added Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director. “Gina’s extensive leadership experience and deep understanding of the realms of education, the arts, and community partnerships will help propel Wharton Arts to new heights, making performing arts education accessible and equitable to more individuals in our community.”