A Florida native, Hope earned a bachelor’s degree in visual art and art history and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University. She served at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for 22 years, the last eight as its executive director. During her time at the Cummer Museum, from her early years as a museum educator through her tenure as director, Hope implemented art programs, education outreach, and facility expansions that increased the Cummer’s relevance and reputation.
Hope’s commitment to using the arts to lift up conversations around education, race, equity, and universal human rights garnered her the OneJax Humanitarian Award (2016), the EVE Award (2012), a Cultural Icon Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (2016), the Frances Kinne Alumni of Distinction Community Service Award (2017), and the Educational Service Award from the Atlantic Institute (2017).
Hope offers several consulting services for organizations, such as curating exhibitions, guest lecturing and teaching, organizing humanities-based programs, building arts education curriculum, and nonprofit management.