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Colleton County Arts Council Executive Director Resigns

The Colleton County Arts Council’s Executive Director, Maggie Hendricks, has announced that she will be resigning from her position on July 13, 2012 to step into the role of Executive Director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts in Charleston, SC.

In the fall of 2010, the Arts Council board formed a search committee to hire a new Executive Director and Hendricks filled this role beginning in January 2011.  Under the direction of Hendricks and a working board of directors from the community, a membership program was re-established, the Arts Council moved from the Colleton Center into their own building next door to the South Carolina Artisans Center, and all long-term debt was eliminated.  Of her time with the Arts Council Hendricks says, “I have really enjoyed coming to this community and working with the wonderful artists and cultural organizations in Walterboro to improve the Arts Council’s existing programs and establish new ones for every member of the community to have access to.  The arts are an important piece of improving the quality of life in a community and serve as a catalyst for economic development and I hope that the Arts Council in Colleton continues to grow and evolve and remains a strong, sustainable entity supported by the community.”  Hank Amundson, Board Chair and Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Walterboro said, “We are sad to see Maggie go, but we are excited for and proud of her.  We have made great strides in strengthening the Arts in Colleton County and Maggie has been integral in making this happen. Our mission is clearer. Our organization is stronger. And our membership and reach into the community is growing. The Arts Council’s path forward is bright…as is Maggie Hendricks’. We were lucky to have her while we did and we are excited to find our next Director. Whomever it ends up being will be joining an active, expanding organization.”

Established in 1993 by a task force of community volunteers, the Arts Council now serves to promote appreciation of the arts by educating, exposing, and inspiring the people in the community.  Through a variety of artistic programs and opportunities like the Colleton Children’s Theater, the Colleton Chamber Music Series, the International Food and Arts Festival, The Colleton Empty Bowls Project, numerous classes and summer camps, and collaborative partnerships with other organizations in the community, the Arts Council has been able to reach thousands of children and adults in Colleton County and improve their quality of life through the arts.

Information about upcoming events and contact information can be found on the website:www.colletoncountyarts.com