Executive Director, Kate Fisher, has been with our Art Center for seven years, and it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce she will be retiring from her position on September 30th.
Our Board President, Gaye Lindsey, remembers Kate’s devotion to the Art Center fondly, “I have come to discover how much the Association owes to her dedication, tireless effort, and unselfish commitment to live up to its mission to connect people of all ages and abilities with the arts. During the recession of 2008 – 2009, there were lean years when the very existence of the Association was in doubt. Kate was forced to make difficult decisions, but she guided the organization through the crisis and brought it back on a solid financial footing, all while expanding its impact on the community.”
Being the Director of a nonprofit organization is not a small feat or a glamorous position by any means. Most visitors do not realize this, but ESAC is a giant facility with five galleries, four studios, and recurring events throughout the year, staffed by only 4 part time employees. Kate can be found anywhere throughout the building: in the gift shop unpacking new merchandise, in her office writing a grant for the Art Center’s Outreach programs, or even in the kitchen loading up the dishwasher.
Gaye praises Kate’s commitment, “She is always there, weekdays, weekends, evenings. She hasn’t had a vacation in the entire time she has been Director. Board chairpersons have threatened to lock her out of the building, but she just keeps on coming back. Sometimes I worry that the building will fall apart as soon as she retires.”