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Douglasville, Douglas County Arts Council seeking new director after Lieberman announces retirement
by staff reports
September 10, 2013 03:24 PM | 1602 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Tom Spigolon<br>Cultural Arts Council executive director Laura Lieberman stands with part of a 2010 exhibit at the arts center in downtown Douglasville.
Staff / Tom Spigolon
Cultural Arts Council executive director Laura Lieberman stands with part of a 2010 exhibit at the arts center in downtown Douglasville.
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The Cultural Arts Council is seeking a successor to longtime executive director Laura Lieberman after she announced her retirement last week, its board of directors announced in a press release.

Lieberman, who has served as executive director since January 2003, will continue through December when her current contract ends, the release said.

Council board president Greg Williams said Lieberman “has done an outstanding job as the director of the arts council for a long time.’’

“The programs and projects she has developed have brought national recognition and support including new federal dollars this year from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Engagement in American Communities, which will support an expansion of the Arts in After School initiative during 2014,” said Williams, Kaiser Permanente’s manager of regional sales.

Lieberman said it has been a “privilege to serve as this community’s cultural arts council director.”

“In terms of the past 10 years, I am especially appreciative and proud of the [council’s] tremendous growth of outreach through partnerships with so many local and statewide organizations and the many generous individuals and corporations that supported that growth,” she said.

The council served about 43,000 people last year, though more than 4,000 came from outside of the county and state including 20 states and six foreign countries, she said.

Lieberman said Douglas residents may be unaware the arts council has such a major impact on the local economy because it generates cultural tourism -- which is a cost-effective way to bring money into the community. The Taste of Douglasville is both the arts council’s largest fundraiser and the largest annual event in downtown Douglasville, she said.

Marcita Scharnhorst, who recently retired as GreyStone Power Corp.’s vice president of human resources, will lead a search committee seeking Lieberman’s successor.

Before moving to the Douglas County position, Lieberman served as the development director of the American Museum of Papermaking, managing director of Young Audiences of Atlanta, director of the city of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs’ Arts Clearinghouse, visual arts editor of Southern Accents magazine, and a founder and editor in chief of Art Papers.

During her tenure in Douglas County, the Cultural Arts Council initiated and developed many new events and projects including the Spring Break Arts Camp in partnership with Douglas County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Kinna Chamber Concert classical music series, and the Turner Cassity Literary Festival.
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