(Greensboro, VT, January 2, 2018) – The Board of Directors of the Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) announces the appointment of Annie Houston as the organization’s inaugural Executive Director, effective January 22, 2018. Annie joins HCA from Boston’s Mass Cultural Council, where she has served as a Program Officer since 2011.
A native of Craftsbury, VT, Annie brings a breadth of educational and professional arts experience to her new position, including a wide variety of management responsibilities at the Mass Cultural Council, service as general manager of the Boston Camerata and as administrative director of the Craftsbury Chamber Players’ youth program. After graduating from Craftsbury Academy and the University of Vermont, Annie received a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Annie’s appointment culminates a national search and selection process, led by the Arts Consulting Group. Since opening in June 2017, HCA has supplemented the work of its founding staff by contracting certain management services on an interim basis from Northern Stage of White River Junction, VT, and from Arts Consulting Group, whose Vice President, Jenna Deja, served as interim Executive Director during the national search.
Said Rob Halpert, chairman of HCA’s Search Committee: “We determined to find the best candidate to develop and implement HCA’s mission — to operate a welcoming venue for arts education, public assembly and artistic expression in Northern and Central Vermont — and to expand on the incredible variety of programming and events that marked our successful first six months of operations, which included the presentation of more than 25 programs in theater, dance, music, films, workshops, artist residencies, youth education programs and visual arts exhibitions. Annie brings an outstanding combination of broad experience in arts administration, local knowledge and commitment to the communities we serve.”
Said Annie Houston: “Having grown up in a rural setting with more cultural offerings than an outsider would expect, I envision the Highland Center for the Arts as a place that extends opportunities for residents and visitors alike to engage in the arts, and whose programs will complement and bolster efforts by other groups in the region. It is a tremendous asset and has enjoyed a very successful summer and fall season. I look forward to building on that success.”