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I began my first job as an Executive Director in January, following the previous ED's passing (no overlap) and immediately preceding the pandemic. I have worked in managerial positions before, but never at this level or in this context. While we have many plans and I have an understanding Board, I face some "leadership skill"-based challenges (such as effectively communicating strategy & goals). I want to communicate better so that I can step back from "just doing it myself" out of frustration.
As the Director, I need to be a strong leader in order to effectively shape our programs and keep The Arts Center strong, especially now. We provide important resources to our community, and I need to be able to communicate the impact of our work.
The Mission of The Arts Center In Orange is to increase the quality of life in our community by promoting an appreciation for fine contemporary arts in diverse styles and ideologies; a forum to promote artistic excellence; scholarship and education; a venue for artists and artisans to work, teach, exhibit and sell work; and a place for the community to learn skills, and to participate in and enjoy the arts.