Arts Coun­cil head leav­ing for K-W art gallery

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

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.

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Stephanie Vegh is leav­ing the Hamil­ton Arts Coun­cil.

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