Waterfall Arts welcomes new director

May 08, 2019
Kim Fleming, Waterfall Arts' Executive Director

BELFAST — Waterfall Arts, a nonprofit community arts center in Belfast, welcomes Kim Fleming as its new executive director, succeeding Martha Piscuskas, who stepped down in February. In her role as executive director, Fleming will help the organization grow their audience, expand their programming for all ages and improve its facilities.

A resident of Belfast, Fleming brings more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofit development, fundraising and management. She served as Development Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA at the Alfond Youth Center (Waterville), the Maine Women’s Lobby (Augusta), the Maine Women’s Policy Center (Augusta), and the Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport).

“As a thriving all around art center, Waterfall Arts brings inspiration, enlightenment and wonder to so many,” says Fleming. “Personally and professionally, I’m a strong advocate for the arts. I understand and appreciate the power and balance art brings to people’s lives — of all ages. I’m very excited to join such a passionate and creative team.”

Fleming will be supported by Program Director Meg Fournier, Youth and Family Outreach Manager Bridget Matros, Marketing Manager Michele Christle, Facilities Manager Mike Fletcher and other staff. Alan Crichton, one of the original founders of Waterfall Arts, continues to serve as the chair of Waterfall Rising, the organization’s ongoing capital campaign.

“Kim Fleming is the perfect person to take us to our next stage as a leading community arts organization,” says Gianne Conard, Waterfall Arts’ Board President. “The combination of her knowledge of the Midcoast and its cultures, nonprofit experience, and love for the arts and education make what we expect to be a long and strong partnership. We’re delighted to welcome Kim to the Waterfall family.”

Next year, Waterfall Arts will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary and it continues to have ambitious visions for its future as the most comprehensive art center of its kind in Midcoast Maine. Fleming will play a crucial role in fulfilling these ambitions by increasing accessibility, expanding programming and ensuring the overall sustainability of the organization.

Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects and more. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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