The search is on to find the next Executive Director for the Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle. Shawn Cunningham reports on who the ideal candidate COULD BE and how the position could impact local economic development.
A New Year will bring new leadership for the Wintergreen Arts Center. A formal search is on for the right person to man the helm of the center, lead its arts programming and help fundraise to preserve the center’s presence in the community. Heather Harvell has been serving as the Interim Executive Director for the past two months and says “We just started advertising this week and the deadline for resumes is Jan. 24th and we’re do interviews the following two weeks so we’re excited to see who we get for candidates.” Harvell says she’s experienced first hand the amount of multitasking and responsibility the position entails. “Someone who’s really good at communicating, art knowledge would be excellent working with people and you wear a lot of different hats and be good at multitasking and organization is a big deal.” But she says she’s thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “The team is amazing, and the support team and the teachers and the artists you get to work with I’m passionate about art and with these people you can’t go wrong in this position so I’ve really enjoyed this,” says Harvell. Harvell says they have not received any resumes from potential candidates outside of the area. She says they have placed the ad on the Maine Arts Commission site and would gladly entertain interviewing interested candidates from downstate or elsewhere, as long as art, children and the center are passion priorities. “We just want the best person because this is just an awesome place for our community and we really need the right person in here to take it into the New Year.” Harvell adds they hope to have the right person in place by early spring. Shawn Cunningham, NS 8.