Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Creative Santa Fe announces its new Executive Director, Cyndi Conn, will take the position effective January 1, 2013, following the completion of Creative Santa Fe’s contract with Clark Hulse. Hulse will continue on the organization’s board of directors.
Currently, Conn is Creative Santa Fe’s Program Director. A native of New Mexico, Conn has more than twelve years of experience in the non-profit, consulting, and arts management fields in Santa Fe. Conn returned to New Mexico from Paris, France in 2001 to be the Director of EVO Gallery. In 2004 she assumed the position of Visual Arts Director and Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts. Under her leadership the organization was awarded a $100,000 Warhol Foundation programming grant. In 2008 Conn founded LAUNCHPROJECTS, dedicated to exhibiting and promoting outstanding contemporary artists in Santa Fe. Conn holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and an MA in Curatorial Studies and Arts Administration from Skidmore College.
“I am thrilled to take this position of leadership at Creative Santa Fe,” said Conn. “2013 will be a year of creating tangible outcomes and making a direct impact on our community. I believe that Creative Santa Fe is a key catalyst and convener for the great organizations, people, and depth of resources that our city has to offer.”
Bill Miller, Chairman of the Board of Creative Santa Fe, said “I am delighted that Cyndi Conn has agreed to assume the role of Executive Director and, with the able assistance of its talented staff, to lead our organization into the important next phase of its development. I also want to thank Clark Hulse for his many contributions to Creative Santa Fe during the last year, a formative period where Creative Santa Fe has been redefining its role in finding ways to further enhance the vitality of the region’s creative economy. Finally, I am encouraged that as a result of our 2012 public programming, our numerous public and private workshops, and the interactions with and feedback from our community, we have been able to identify specific implementation plans to benefit Santa Fe beginning in 2013 and beyond.”
“It has been an honor to lead Creative Santa Fe through this period of re-invigoration and re-focusing,” said Hulse. “We have explored a range of important initiatives and are moving forward with the best ideas. It is reassuring that at this moment we have identified an energetic, talented person to lead this next phase.”
Conn will be working with the existing Creative Santa Fe team, notably, Laura Carpenter as Creative Director, Kris Swedin as Director of Community Action and Mayo Miller, Associate Director of Operations & Events.
About Creative Santa Fe—Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) is an independent nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for action among cultural nonprofits, businesses, and government to enrich the creative economy of Santa Fe. It does this by working collaboratively to create implementable strategies for effecting desired changes in our city for residents and visitors alike. It was founded in 2005, after an economic development plan commissioned by the City of Santa Fe recommended a strong strategic focus on Santa Fe’s “creative industries.” A follow-on study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research confirmed the importance of these industries to Santa Fe’s economy—a $1.1 billion a year industry.
For more information, please visit http://www.creativesantafe.org or contact its office at:
314 Read Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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