The Hamilton Arts Council announces today that Stephanie Vegh, Executive Director since July 2011, will be leaving her current position to pursue a new career opportunity as Manager, Media and Communications for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) beginning June 19.
“On behalf of the Hamilton Arts Council Board and the membership, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Stephanie for all of her work,” says Lita Barrie, President of the Board of Directors. “Her six years as our Executive Director have been transformational for our organization. Steph has accomplished incredible work with projects and grants too numerous to name, and she has positioned the HAC for a strong future, for which we are grateful. We wish Steph every success in her new role and are so pleased she will continue to live and practice her art in Hamilton.”
During her tenure as Executive Director, Stephanie Vegh renewed the Hamilton Arts Council’s role as a resource and advocate for the local arts community. Her notable contributions include successfully advocating for a $1 million increase in municipal arts funding, establishing LivingArts Hamilton as a professional development program rooted in storytelling, and a recent $249,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch Building Cultural Legacies, an upcoming three-year project that will archive the history of the arts in Hamilton through a collective memory approach.
“I am honoured to have served the arts in my hometown through an organization that I trust will thrive for many more years to come,” says Stephanie Vegh. “While I’m excited to embark on this new chapter in my career, I remain grateful to the many artists, partners and friends who supported our work over the last six years, and fully intend to remain engaged in the arts here in Hamilton as an artist, writer and resident.”
The Board of Directors will appoint an interim Executive Director to steward the organization while the search for a permanent new leader is in progress.
Since 1969, the Hamilton Arts Council has worked to strengthen the role of culture in Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community. We continue to this day to advocate, mediate and communicate for the role of the arts in Hamilton’s social and economic development.