Friday, June 22, 2018

New Executive Director Named at AmadorArts

At a recent Board of Directors meeting of AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, the group accepted the resignation of Terra Forgette as Executive Director and named Meghan O’Keefe as her replacement.  Citing her new priority to be with her family and 16-month old daughter, Forgette has stepped down after heading the non-profit organization since November of 2012. Her accomplishments have led the arts agency to become a major catalyst for community arts involvement, and through her efforts, a movement is afoot to establish an Amador Center for the Arts.  Stating at the Board meeting, “It’s been an honor and a joy to work with AmadorArts,” Forgette recommended that Meghan O’Keefe who’s been Program Coordinator for less than two years, take on the top position.

Initially O’Keefe spear-headed the continuation of TGIF Free Summer Concert Series. Then, she enthusiastically learned the ropes from Forgette, including grant writing, public relations, promotions, and community engagement. O’Keefe continues to oversee the coordination and administration of AmadorArts programs including Poetry Out Loud, Arts Around Amador weekly radio show, the Amador Alliance for Arts Education, Student Voices Campaign, Open Mic and more. Most notably, O’Keefe and the Alliance collaborated with ACUSD in 2018 to adopt the “Declaration of Equity in Arts Education” and to participate in the Arts Planning Initiative, a stakeholder workshop series aimed to develop a district-wide arts education plan for our community.

O’Keefe is a professional scientist and arts education leader for over 20 years. A graduate with honors from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, O’Keefe also holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Oberlin College. O’Keefe is a connoisseur of the literary, music, dance, theatre, broadcasting, culinary, and landscape arts. Upon accepting the position, O’Keefe stated: “I look forward to developing stronger ties with national Arts leaders as AmadorArts continues to grow. With the continued support of our donors, volunteers, and the community-at-large, AmadorArts is going to continue to create jobs, draw tourists, and provide Arts Education and  exposure to all cultures and citizens of Amador County, especially the children.”

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