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Caitlin Strokosch To Step Down After 14 Years

"My service to the artist residency field has been rewarding beyond measure. I remain a steadfast champion of supporting artists in the creation of new work, and I carry this commitment into my new role at NPN/VAN."

March 4, 2016 - The Alliance of Artists Communities announced today that Executive Director Caitlin Strokosch will depart the organization in June, to become the next President and CEO of National Performance Network and Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). Strokosch is succeeding MK Wegmann, who is retiring after 15 years of leading NPN/VAN.

Strokosch has served the Alliance of Artists Communities since 2002, and was named Executive Director in 2008. She has overseen an era of remarkable energy and growth, including regranting nearly $2 Million in direct support to artists and residency programs. Under Strokosch’s leadership, the Alliance has gained international prominence as an advocate for today’s artists, developing new initiatives around performing artists, environmental justice, artists with disabilities, international exchange, and the capitalization and sustainability of artist residency centers.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I offer my heartfelt thanks to Caitlin for her dedication to and leadership of the Alliance of Artists Communities over the past decade," stated Jason Kalajainen, Chair of the Alliance's Board of Trustees. "Thanks to her thoughtfulness, diligence, caring, and commitment to the Alliance’s members and partners the organization has evolved to be a leading voice in support of artists. Caitlin’s work with the Alliance has and will continue to have deep and meaningful impact on how we think about artists, their roles in our community, and how we can support the residency field which serves as a vital incubator for the amazing work that is the foundation of our cultural landscape.” The Alliance board will launch a search for its next Executive Director in the coming weeks.

“I am extraordinarily grateful for these last 14 years at the Alliance of Artists Communities,” says Strokosch. “I have grown as a leader and my service to the artist residency field has been rewarding beyond measure. I remain a steadfast champion of supporting artists in the creation of new work, and I carry this commitment into my new role at NPN/VAN. The Alliance is blessed with a remarkable staff and Board, and I plan for my departure knowing the organization is in their very capable and committed care."

The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residency programs, now in its 25th year. Founded in 1991 by The MacArthur Foundation, the organization includes more than 400 members in 20 countries and 50 U.S. states. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' residencies, in order to advance the endeavors of artists.