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Downie Takes Helm at Community Arts Center

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Sep 17, 2012
Wallingford, PA

Community Arts Center (CAC) of Wallingford, PA announced last week the appointment of Paul Downie as executive director. Downie was previously the Center's program director. Downie will seek to continue and to initiate partnerships with other community groups and organizations to insure that the organizatio remains a vital source of arts programming in service to Delaware County and the region.

Downie joined Community Arts Center in 2005 as an independent teaching artist and facilitator of community based projects including a number of public murals in Chester.  In 2010 he joined the CAC staff as the program director.  As a multi-faceted artist, musician, educator, and administrator with extensive experience in public art and community based arts education, Downie brings 16 years of professional experience in the arts to the executive director position.

“Paul’s service in his previous leadership position at the CAC and his passion for achieving its goals and mission were instrumental in his selection.  I’m confident the Community Art Center will continue to grow and succeed under his leadership,” said Mark Staples, president of CAC's board of directors.

In response to his new role as executive director, Downie said, “I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be the next leader of an arts organization that is so near and dear to my heart. I look forward to working with the board of directors, the dedicated staff and faculty, our community partners, funders, artists and arts enthusiasts to position the Community Arts Center for innovation and growth while maintaining the strong, community-oriented foundation upon which the organization was built."

About Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania was founded in 1948 by a group of local artists dedicated to bringing the best arts experiences to their local community. Throughout its history, the Community Arts Center has been dedicated to promoting the visual arts and supporting artists. The Community Arts Center has an annual enrollment of over 2000 students  and offers four semesters of classes annually on its hundred year old campus. Classes are offered in all of the visual arts for students of all ages. The Arts Center's ceramic program is enhanced by association with the Potters Guild, a group of 32 professional artists working from the Arts Center. The Community Arts Center is recognized for the quality of its programs including SUMMER SPREE a children's summer arts camp which features professional artists as part of the faculty and its extensive outreach program. ART to go, the Center's unique arts outreach program, develops programs to meet the specific needs of groups and organizations throughout the Delaware Valley. The Arts Center's facilities are of historic significance and have been adapted to meet the needs of its talented community of artists, students and arts enthusiasts.

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