The woman who for over a decade has been at the centre of the Quinte region arts scene is moving on.
After 15 years as Executive Director of the Quinte Arts Council Carol Feeney is pursuing other opportunities as the organization undergoes a restructuring.
The Arts Council’s Board of Directors is advertising for a General Manager with different skill sets. The move comes shortly after the Council’s reopening of an expanded gallery and gift shop in downtown Belleville.
Feeney says the board is expanding its mandate and wants to involve more local artists in various media and calls the restructuring a positive change for the group.
She is leaving with many fond memories. In her first year with the Quinte Arts Council in 2003 she opened the gallery and gift shop and began the Quinte Cabaret show at the Empire Theatre, which featured local musicians, dancers and vocalists.
Residents and tourists alike also enjoyed another arts projects spearheaded by Feeney, known as the Ear Candy Music Festival, which featured live music both outdoors and indoors in downtown Belleville.
Other events under Feeney’s stewardship were Artevino, five Bellevegas shows, and Summer of 67.
She says her last major accomplishment as Executive Director of the Quinte Arts Council was organizing Youth Arts 150, whereby local artists, musicians and even technical people were brought in to teach and work with local high school students last year.
The Council is applying for more funding to expand that program.
What’s next for Feeney is unknown, but she says there are all kinds of opportunities in the region. She has vast experience as a public relations, marketing, and fundraising professional, having worked on big campaigns with national companies and major charities in her over 30 year career.