Monday, October 29, 2012

AmadorArts Names New Executive Director


Terra Easton Forgette (pronounced For-JET) will begin her job as Executive Director of AmadorArts on November 1, 2012.  Forgette’s community non-profit experience and theatre background in the arts, combined with her youthful, but poised enthusiasm, made her the most qualified out of nearly 50 applicants to be the first paid AmadorArts administrator in 10 years. She’s newly married and lives on her family’s Earth Nest Ranch outside of West Point in Calaveras County.

A graduate of Stanford University, she’s been the Program Director for nine years of Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, a successful non-profit serving the many needs of all ages and backgrounds of residents in the isolated upcountry region. Terra developed many on-going youth programs, such as “Life Skills,”  “Get Outside”, and the Summer Camp-out.  She provided program evaluation tools, reports, budgets, wrote grants, and organized fundraising activities, as well as assisted the Executive Director with scheduling, administration, volunteer coordination, outreach and promotion. Growing up, she spent time in Amador County helping her late mother Janis Easton when she worked at the Fine Eye Gallery and when she owned the For the Birds shop in Amador City. 



Forgette’s position will initially be part-time, but as AmadorArts expands as a leading local non-profit, the need for a full-time executive director will become apparent. Currently, she is part-time Administrative Coordinator for her father’s, David Easton, Rammed Earth Works Company in Napa.

Forgette was twice selected in the Theatre genre as a California Arts Scholar, a prestigious award that sends the top 150 arts students from the state to a 3-week intensive study at the California Institute for the Arts. She will be directing the play “The Jewel Thieves” in March for the Blue Mountain Playhouse. For AmadorArts she’ll be working on multiple tasks, from program development and management to public relations and marketing, fundraising, memberships, donations, artists, arts organizations, to name a few.

After many years at a second floor location in Jackson, AmadorArts, also as of November 1, is moving into a new office. It’s located in Sutter Creek in the Monteverde General Store Annex at 11-A Randolph Street. If this sounds familiar, it’s where AmadorArts once shared an office. Fortunately, the walls still have the murals of the history of Sutter Creek painted by Rand Huggett.  The new mailing address for AmadorArts is P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.

As Forgette settles into the Sutter Creek office, her hours will be established when the public may drop in. Visit www.amadorarts.org to find the information.

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