Arts organization names new leader

Head office moves from Nanaimo to Vancouver

An umbrella arts organization announced a new executive director to lead the group.

ArtsBC, formerly called the Assembly of B.C. Arts Councils, named Sheryl McGraw to the position, effective January 2012.

The organization represents the network of arts councils in B.C.

McGraw took over administration of the organization during funding of Spirit programs and organized the annual conference and annual general meeting.

Her adaptability, productivity, leadership and communication skills, combined with 15 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector in B.C., led ArtsBC’s board of directors to conclude McGraw was the best person for the job.

McGraw replaces Junko Sakamoto, who resigned in May.

McGraw was a manager for 2010 Legacies Now, special projects coordinator for the B.C. Touring Council and campaign manager for the Vancouver East Culture Centre capital campaign.

“I am both delighted and honoured to be given this opportunity to continue to work with ArtsBC’s member organizations around the province, our partners, funders and with the remarkable people who work so hard to develop arts and culture in British Columbia,” McGraw said, in a press release.

ArtsBC’s head office will be relocated from Nanaimo to Vancouver in the coming months.

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