Arts Council head leaving for K-W art gallery
Stephanie Vegh is stepping down as executive director of the Hamilton Arts Council after heading the organization for more than six years.
The Arts Council announced this week that Vegh is leaving her position to take a job as media and communications manager with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, beginning June 19.
“Her six years as our executive director have been transformational for our organization,” HAC board president Lita Barrie said in a statement. “Steph has accomplished incredible work with projects and grants too numerous to name, and she has positioned the HAC for a strong future, for which we are grateful.”
During her tenure, Vegh successfully lobbied for a $1-million increase in municipal arts funding, as well as establishing LivingArts Hamilton as a professional development program rooted in storytelling. Vegh also got the council a $249,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch Building Cultural Legacies, an upcoming three-year project to archive the history of the arts in Hamilton.
“While I’m excited to embark on this new chapter in my career, I remain grateful to the many artists, partners and friends who supported our work over the last six years, and fully intend to remain engaged in the arts here in Hamilton as an artist, writer and resident,” Vegh said.
The HAC board will appoint an interim executive director.
Stephanie Vegh is leaving the Hamilton Arts Council.