Anne H. Pollack
Founder & Executive Director
Anne H. Pollack is a musician, visual artist, writer, student of dance and an activist. Her sensibilities - and her awareness of the world around her - birthed Crossing Point Arts, by engaging the profound healing and humanity of the arts and offering them to a population that is hidden in plain view: survivors of human trafficking.
In the midst of NYC’s brilliance in every arena of the arts, Pollack saw an untapped connection between those who hunger for the nourishment of the creative experience and those who hunger to share it.
Having researched for decades USAs history of enslaving Africans (& their descendants) Pollack recognized that culture and creative outpouring are strikingly strong medicine for the wounds of slavery. Despite this fact, NYC area artists had formed no direct connection to survivors of trafficking. Determined to call upon this innately human instinct, that is perhaps as old as slavery itself, Anne found the means to mend a broken link by 'Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking.'
As a musician, Pollack has received numerous grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in the areas of composition, recording, study and performance. Trained as a flutist and cellist, Pollack has released two CD's - Worlds Collide (1999) and Diaspora Pulse (2005) - as multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and composer. She has been at the head of her own ensembles, performing internationally since 1980. Her musical arenas reach all the way from Roots Music of the African Diaspora, to Jazz, to Near Eastern Music, to Afro-Brazilian Shamanic Music, to Classical Music.
Her lengthy experience as a small business owner has given Anne the skills to manage her resources creatively and with great success. As a Restorer, Dealer and Technician of Fine and Vintage Flutes, she has spent more than 40 years refining her talents.
A tireless advocate for those whose voices are silenced, or remain unheard, Anne is ever working to devise strategies to use available resources to bring about positive change. Her vast background in volunteer and humanitarian work have called upon her strong back, her skills as a writer, her powers of communication and her work as a Teaching Artist, in both music and visual arts.