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Kamloops Art Council searching for new executive director

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November 26, 2018 - 4:27 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops city councillor will be resigning from her role as the executive director of the Kamloops Art Council after six years.

Coun. Kathy Sinclair says it was a tough decision but after being re-elected for a four-year term onto city council and being appointed to the Thompson-Nicola Regional Board, she was limited on time.

“Something sort of had to give,” Sinclair says. “It was a really tough decision, I love my job with the Kamloops Art Council.”

Sinclair started working with the non-profit organization as the only paid staff member in early 2012. Some of her duties as the executive director included fundraising and collaborating with artists in town.

Sinclair says she will be part of the interviewing process while the organization looks for a new executive director.

“The board has invited me to be part of the (interviewing process) which is great,” Sinclair says. “It certainly is not a job you can just hand over a binder and say ‘Go for it.’”

Sinclair says she will continue advocating for arts and culture as her role as a councillor.

“The arts are a huge economic driver in our community and it’s really important to keep it at the forefront when we are talking about having a well-balanced city,” she says.

Sinclair says the Crossing Bridges Outreach Program is one of her more memorable accomplishments with the Kamloops Art Council.

“One of the projects I am quite proud of is definitely not just my accomplishment, but we were able to start the Crossing Bridges Outreach Program,” she says. “We work with children, youth, adults, and seniors of different social service agencies.”

She says the program allows people to turn to art to help during tough times.

“It really is about when you are in crisis and having challenges in your life how art can be a great form of expression and can actually be the thing that saves you,” she says.

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