Asheville Area Arts Council’s Board of Directors announces that Graham Hackett will resign as Interim Executive Director at the end of October. The Board will conduct a search for a full-time Executive Director with an expected start date of mid-November.
Graham Hackett joined Asheville Area Arts Council in August 2010 and was appointed Interim Executive Director in February 2011. Over the past year Hackett revitalized the Arts Council through the initiation of new programs and by bringing back the annual Color Ball. Among the new programs are City of 1000 Easels, which received critical acclaim in 2010 and will take place again on Sunday, October 16 from 3-6pm in downtown Asheville, as well as the Creative Sector Summit in March 2011. The August Turquoise Ball fundraiser at the Orange Peel drew a crowd of over 600 guests with performances by 70 artists. During Hackett’s tenure the Arts Council moved to a new, contemporary gallery space in the Pink Dog Creative Building in the River Arts District. This space, called the ARTERY, has hosted over 200 artists with events and openings attended by over 1,700. In addition to his programmatic work, Hackett brought in non-profit consultants to assist the organization in creating a strategic business plan and formed a formal partnership between AAAC and the City of Asheville.
“I am deeply grateful for Graham’s commitment, energy and divining purpose, really immersing himself into our artistic and political community immediately after his hiring,” said Board Chair Tom Hayes. “Graham has worked tirelessly to renew the Arts Council. We owe him a tremendous amount of gratitude for his hard work on a daily basis, his involvement in the Downtown Master Plan, and numerous committees and organizations, including the City of Asheville. Graham’s strength lies in his creative ideas, his relationships with artists and encouraging them to become involved with exciting events, shows at the ARTERY and the Turquoise Ball.”
Hackett will play a key role in advising the Board on the selection of his successor.
The Asheville Area Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution whose mission is to strengthen the vitality and visibility of the creative community through advocacy, support and exposure. Founded in 1953, AAAC serves Buncombe County artists through direct funding, access to resources, audience development & diverse programming. For more information visit www.ashevillearts.com.Read the full article