Pacific Grove Art Center's outgoing Executive Director announces the incoming Executive Director.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Last July, the Weekly reported that Joan McCleary, Pacific Grove Art Center's Executive Director for eight years—and a volunteer for several years before that—was stepping down this year.
Last Monday, McCleary announced the next person to take the reigns at her former post—Jacquelyn Hope. She will formally take over Jan. 1, 2011.
McCleary describes her, in brief, as a "performing artist" who brings "sympathetic awareness to the artistic temperament" and an enthusiasm for "fostering art eduction," and who comes with credentials that include years of working at non-profits like the Big Sur Arts Initiative and the Nature Conservancy, which, McCleary writes, exposed her to ways of making "local events happen on a shoestring" and maintaining relevance in "large, well-established organizations."
Hope added recently, by phone, "I want to get in there and support the great work developed by Joan and the rest of the group. I have some ideas involving youth programs and music."
A lifelong Peninsula resident, Hope curently lives in Carmel, though she says she's in Pacific Grove often, attends the Friday Art Walks regularly, and her parents have lived in Pacific Grove since she, herself, attended middle school and high school there. She says she hasn't formulated specific plans with the board, but that she's "very thankful" that longtime PGAC pillars Connie Pearlstein and Jane Flurry are staying on to support the mission of the Center.
Hope is currently the Faculty Support Coordinator at Esalen, a position that will be diminished as she begins training with McCleary and formally begins at PGAC. She's also a jazz singer, an artistic outlet she indulged in most recently at Cibo's last week.