With 2017 ending on a high note, the staff and board of BluSeed Studios is looking forward to a productive year ahead.
2017 year-end highlights include:
- Grant award: In December, the organization received a workforce development grant through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) which will result in a new full-time position.
- The new position will oversee event management and organizational direction for programs currently run by Saranac Lake ArtWorks volunteers.
- ArtWorks came under the non-profit umbrella of BluSeed earlier in 2017 and the new operational director brings much-needed staff support to long-standing, high-quality arts events such as the Plein Air Festival, artists weekend Studio Tours, Third Thursday Art Walks and more.
- New board members: Bluseed.welcomed Mavis Miller, Emilie Allen and Don Paulson.
- Mavis has been part of the arts faculty at Northwood for nine years and is currently the Director of Residential Life, and the Chair of the Arts Department.
- Emilie Allen is the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications at the North Country School and Camp Treetops. She directs and collaborates on an array of institutional communications and marketing strategies.
- Don Paulson is a retired professor of Graphic Arts from North Country Community College.
- Leadership changes, including the first woman to chair the board: The board elected artist Georgeanne Gaffney to serve as new Chair, while Mavis Miller was elected Vice Chair.
- Chris Covert and Brandon DeVito will continue as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.
- Jim Connolly and Jim Hotaling both stepped down from the board and Marc Gitlitz also left the board earlier in the year, and all three continue to volunteer.
- “It’s really important to keep the ball rolling in terms of our work and the officers will greatly help in our overall mission,” noted BluSeed Artistic Director Carol Vossler. “The continuing support of past board members will help in our efforts to move forward.”
- The complete board list is here: www.bluseedstudios.org/about/bluboard/
- Reporting on the important role art plays in our region: Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler was invited to Albany to testify before the Committee of Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development on the importance of New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) funding of BluSeed’s programs and its impact on our region.
“BluSeed serves a vital role in the Saranac Lake community and everyone looks forward to an even more engaging 2018,” said Hotaling, who also represents BluSeed in the Saranac Lake Arts and Cultural Master Plan.