Thursday, April 26, 2012

Acting Deputy Director Ife Williams leaving Fulton County Arts & Culture

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Ife Williams will remain on staff until May 22.
The musical chairs continue in the Atlanta art community.

Acting Deputy Director Ife Williams will be leaving Fulton County Arts & Culture effective May 22. Williams took on the interim position when former Director Michael Simanga left in December 2011. Soon after, Simanga was appointed CEO of the National Black Arts Festival, a position that had been vacant since Neil Barclay resigned last November. Even though its budget has declined significantly in the last five years, from approximately $4 million to $1.5 million, FCAC remains one of the largest public granting organizations in the state.

Last week Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition CEO Flora Maria Garcia announced she'd be leaving next month to head up United Arts of Central Florida in Orlando. And yesterday, the board of international art mag ART PAPERS sent notice of longtime editor/executive director Sylvie Fortin's departure.

Additionally, Woodruff Arts Center (the largest cultural organization in the state) CEO Joe Bankoff is retiring in May and South Arts Executive Director Gerri Combs has announced that she will retire in June of this year.

Sheesh. Who's running this thing? I dunno, maybe it's not so bad. Maybe there's an opportunity here to tap some of the young, entrepreneurial talent that's helped buttress the city's cultural life over the last few years and contributed to its current status as the city with most arts-related business per capita nationwide. They seem to know how to make things happen with little or no money.

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