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Grimaldi Appointed Executive Director of Fleisher Art Memorial

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Apr 01, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

The Board of Directors of the Fleisher Art Memorial announced on Monday the appointment of Elizabeth Grimaldi, Executive Director effective immediately.  As the executive director of The Village of Arts and Humanities since 2009, Grimaldi has led a community arts organization that shares Fleisher’s commitment to making art accessible to everyone.

Liz Price, president of thebBoard of Fleisher said, “Elizabeth Grimaldi is an extraordinarily bright and talented individual whose vast experience in non-profit management and dedication to community arts education is in perfect alignment with Fleisher’s mission and commitment to serving our community.”

When learning of her appointment, Grimaldi said, “Sam Fleisher’s initial vision to invite the world to come and learn art is more relevant today than ever -- our ability to nurture creative, inquisitive minds will be what defines the character of our next generation. If art is one of society’s greatest equalizers, then Fleisher is one of Philadelphia’s finest assets -- a space where people of all ages and experiences can come together to discuss, debate, and be challenged. Fleisher is essential to education because it is where people can take risks, express ideas, and shape their minds -- by choice.”

I’m excited to work with the teaching artists and program staff to continue developing progressive art education programs for all skill levels, and I’m thrilled to be joining a deeply committed staff and board -- a team devoted to letting every South Philadelphia household know that Fleisher is a neighbor that cares about them, about learning from their unique life experiences, and about the success of their children.”

An artist herself, Grimaldi brings her diverse experience in the arts and knowledge of non-profit arts management to Fleisher. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she has worked and lived in cultural sectors in Barcelona, Rome, Hong Kong and New York. Prior to her work at The Village, she was the director of development of the acclaimed arts and culture quarterly, Cabinet and held several leadership positions at Studio Incamminati.  She has guest-lectured at Drexel University LeBow College of Business and at Temple University’s School of Environmental Design and has sat on the Community Advisory Committee of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Civic Landscapes Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Steering Committee of the Eastern North Sustainable Community Initiative, among many other roles in the City.

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About Fleisher Art Memorial

Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity, and community.  Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our studio classes, exhibitions, and community based programming.  We are a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers, and from the doorway of his Graphic Sketch Club, “invited the world to come and learn art.”

Through all of our work, we strive to make art accessible to everyone regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.  We operate one of the nation’s first community-based arts centers, providing free and low-cost studio art classes along with opportunities for beginning and seasoned artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting.  To further enhance our mission, Fleisher’s arts education programming reaches deeply into local schools and community centers, and has brought us national recognition and powerful opportunities to advocate for and shape arts education initiatives throughout the region and country.

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Pictured Above: Elizabeth Grimaldi

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