Bedford Center for Arts Conducts Open Search for New Executive Director

Submitted by Bedford Center for the Arts

 

Arts for All and All the Arts ~ www.bedfordarts.orgAre you interested in the arts? Do you long to try your hand at working with a not for profit organization?  If your answer is yes, there may be a perfect job waiting for you.  The Bedford Center for the Arts (BCA) is looking for a new director

The BCA, founded in 2000 by the late Jerry Christen and others, has offered the greater Bedford community a wide variety of activities for artists and those who love the arts. BCA’s motto has been “Arts for all, and all the Arts”.  Living up to that vision may have been a challenge, but BCA has, over its 13-year history,  offered a broad spectrum of events, both fun and serious, that have benefitted hundreds of Bedford citizens.

Like many other not for profit organizations and town committees, BCA has found that it is not easy to replace leaders who have become almost synonymous with the organization.  In the case of BCA, two co-leaders, Sing Hanson and Julie Turner, have provided strong leadership for the past six years.  Since board membership is restricted to six years, both Hanson and Turner will be leaving the board in May.   To fill this void, the BCA Board has taken a new direction.  By creating the new, part time position of Executive Director, and committing to funding a six month honorarium to support it, the Board hopes to move BCA from a small group of interested individuals to an organization that draws interest and involvement from around the region.

“We’ve really loved our time as leaders of Bedford Center for the Arts, but it’s time to make room for new leadership and the innovative ideas that such a transition brings”, Hanson and Turner indicated in a statement to the board. “This organization is ready and waiting to launch on its grand adventure with an active collaboration between the new Executive Director and the BCA Board in the service of the Arts, Artists, our Members and the Public.”

BCA currently has 74 members, with approximately 30 more in its Photo Group, a new component of the BCA that is now in its third year.    Other BCA activities in recent years included opera lectures, an ongoing play reading group, drawing classes, and juried shows in the Bedford and Lexington libraries.  Studios for local artists are provided in the BCA space located in Old Town Hall.  In March, BCA, in collaboration with the music committee of First Parish, will sponsor a concert of music from the great American Songbook.

Individuals interested in the position of Director or who would like to serve on the BCA board should be in touch with Sing Hanson at HansonSing@gmail.com.  A formal announcement of the position is available at the BCA website (https://bedfordarts.org).


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