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Saturday, March 06, 2010

New Advocate article on Artspace

I have an article in this week's New Haven Advocate on Artspace in the wake of executive director Leslie Shaffer's departure. The first two grafs:

Leslie Shaffer, executive director of Artspace, stepped down at the end of January after only three years at the job. According to David Leffell, board president, Shaffer resigned to be with her recently born twins.

Her tenure happened to coincide with a decline in funds available for arts organizations nationwide due to the Great Recession. Artspace, like many such groups, has cut staff in response to lost revenue. In fact, Shaffer's interim replacement, Liza Statton, is now tasked with both managing the organization and overseeing its programming.

You can grab it at your neighborhood newsstand (ha ha, I know those don't really exist anymore..) or local kiosk or read it online here.

One thing that Will K. Wilkins of Real Art Ways said to me that unfortunately had to be cut for reasons of space was, when an organization is changing directors or going through a transition, "that's the moment when you need to give more, when they'll need more resources."

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