The Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Rockland this week announced the appointment of Kate Mitchell as executive director.
The board stated in an email release, “We did a broad and thorough search for someone who had a track record of success in the not for profit world, strong leadership skills and a creative mind. Ms. Mitchell’s brings to our organization the aforementioned qualities and strengths in the areas of program development, strategic team-building, fundraising, leadership and management.”
Mitchell has more than 20 years of experience working in not for profit arts and culture organizations in the Hudson Valley and internationally. Early in her career she served as the director of Development at the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, later going on to work at The Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie and the Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park. She has also served as executive director at both the Hudson River Maritime Museum, in Kingston and at Museum Village in Orange County.
An accomplished textile artist, she recently returned to the states after working in the rural Peruvian Andes coordinating design and production with six indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives. She is presently completing her tenure as artist-in-residence at Peters Valley Craft Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
According to Mitchell, “working with a board that includes artisans, dancers, musicians and teachers is an incredible opportunity. I am delighted to be here to support artistic endeavors in the county and help people connect.”

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