Susan Froelich stepping down as head of Arts Alliance
Froelich has held the job for about a year, taking over from longtime president Tamara Real.
The Arts Alliance Board of Directors has created a transition team to consider how to proceed with the search for a new president. The alliance is an umbrella coordination and support group for Washtenaw County arts organizations, as well as a direct sponsor of its own events and projects.
The alliance boad today released a statement reading, "The board is grateful to Susan for leading the Arts Alliance through a period of transition and for accomplishments made during her service: Increasing sponsorships and attendees to Convergence, the Arts Alliance's annual conference on arts and cultural issues in Washtenaw County; Overseeing a highly successful Art Walk; Increasing membership in the Arts Alliance; Continuing the development of a3arts.org into a comprehensive online home for arts and culture in Washtenaw County."
Froelich also issued a statement: "The community of people involved in arts and culture in Washtenaw County - individual artists (music, visual, theater, film, etc.) volunteers, staff for arts organizations, along with the donors and customers who support all the organizations and individual artists- is very broad and very deep, and is a big part of what makes this area such a great place to live. I'm glad I had the chance to meet and re-connect with so many of you in the last year as President of the Arts Alliance, and look forward to continuing to be a part of the arts community as a volunteer and supporter for many years to come."
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.
Does the City pay more than lip service to the Arts Alliance, a local non profit that helps plant seeds for local artists and local art? No. Do they spend millions on elitist art for government buildings? Yes Support the arts with real money, Mr Mayor. Put that money into 415 W Washington and make a real destination for local art and artists.