Changes in the Arts: Welcoming new faces, saying goodbye to some

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 29, 2011 

Aren’t you glad Christmas is over for another year?

I sure am. And I have probably the most stress-free holiday of the year. Our family tradition the past few years is to buy two $25 gift cards, throw them into a bowl and we each pull out two gift cards.

No searching for a parking spot in a very crowded parking lot and no shopping among the throngs of people at the mall. Just a quick trip to a grocery store or big box store that sells a lot of different options, pick the two you like and pay for them.

Simple, right?

Then there are those of us who don’t bother with the edict and go ahead and buy stuff anyway.

Changes in arts jobs

The 2011 was a busy one in the arts as far as changes in personnel within some of the arts organizations goes.

JJ Musgrove, the executive director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, went to work for the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Sara Ketcham, the development director of the Springer Opera House, became the symphony’s executive director.

Cameron Bean, the Columbus State University recruitment director for the College of the Arts, took over Sara’s previous job at the Springer.

Gayle Daniels, managing director of the Liberty Theatre, is now at Girls Inc. No one has yet replaced her.

Cherwanda Jones became RiverCenter for the Performing Arts’ lighting director, when Kevin Newton left.

The Columbus Museum has some changes: Ashley Bice took over the PR duties when Frank Etheridge left for New Orleans. The new development director is Donna Atkins, and the new curator of education is Abbie Edens.

Ken Johnston will become the new executive director of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus after Bruce Smith retires Saturday.

I know all these folks will do very well in their respective jobs. And I wish the ones who left Columbus luck in their new jobs.

Sandra Okamoto,, or 706-571-8580.

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