Saranac Lake, N.Y.—BluSeed Studios and Saranac ArtWorks have received a one-year workforce grant from the Regional Economic Development Council/New York State Council of the Arts for an Operations Director-Events & Outreach Coordinator to help the organizations plan and develop in their new relationship with each other and with the community. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kathleen Recchia will begin full-time in that position this April.

“BluSeed Studios is honored and very excited to have Kathleen Recchia join our team. Kathy’s extensive background in the arts is the perfect addition to our staff. We all are looking forward to working together, continuing our mission moving BluSeed onward and upward!”–said BluSeed Board Chair Georgeanne Gaffney.

Most recently, Recchia served as Decentralization Grant Coordinator for the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts whose territory covers Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. In that position, she provided technical assistance and guidance to artists throughout the four counties in grant-related projects. She has also worked with the Essex County Arts Council and the Depot Theatre where she currently serves as a Trustee.

Recchia is also a theatre artist, freelance writer, and arts consultant. Her interest in theatre covers the gamut from producing, acting and directing to composing and script-writing. She is especially proud of the Youth Musical-in-a-Week productions that she has produced for seven summers in Keene Valley.

Recchia has performed at BluSeed many times over the years in theatrical productions that include: The Belle of Amherst, Agnes of God, Mrs. Farnsworth, The Fourth Wall, and The Last Romance. She has also toured with Pendragon Theatre in productions of Death of a Salesman and The Seagull.

She has collaborated with son Sam Balzac on two musicals—an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Road to Dannemora which has been revised and will be remounted locally this summer.

As a new member of the BluSeed team, Recchia will be responsible for fundraising, grant writing, and coordinating events and outreach with Saranac Lake ArtWorks.

BluSeed Board Member, Mark Kurtz, of Mark Kurtz Photography and Saranac Lake Artworks said, “For Saranac Lake ArtWorks this is a significant development.  We have operated since the start ten years ago as an all-volunteer organization, and now we’re so lucky to have a professional of Kathy’s caliber and vast arts administration experience to help us move ArtWorks and BluSeed to exciting new levels – I’m really looking forward to working with Kathy!” ArtWorks Committee Member Sandra Hildreth expressed her enthusiasm saying, “This is truly a giant step forward for ArtWorks and we look forward to expanding our role of promoting the arts in our region under Kathy’s leadership.”

Recchia joins Artistic Director and Founder Carol Vossler and Assistant Manager John LaFalce at BluSeed Studios.  “I am very pleased that Kathy has become a member of the BluSeed family and look forward to new ways of connection to the community with her on board. I am extremely confident that with her experience and strong commitment to both organizations, SL Artworks and BluSeed will thrive for many years,” said Carol Vossler.

Recchia can be reached by email at: admin@bluseedstudios.org or by phone at 518-891-3799. Her offices hours are listed on the BluSeed website. Please call or email for extended appointments.

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