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Kirkland Art Center names new development director

By Journal Staff


CLINTON — The Kirkland Art Center (KAC) in Clinton recently announced it has appointed Kathleen Avery as its development director.

In her new position, Avery will work closely with KAC staff and board members in planning and executing fundraising and capital projects, according to a KAC news release.

Avery brings extensive experience in the nonprofit arts sector, having served as director of Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, where she was responsible for all development efforts and worked to implement strategic initiatives to secure major gifts, grants, and expand membership. She has also worked in development in the private sector, and is skilled in strategic planning, the KAC stated.

“I’m delighted to join the KAC staff and contribute toward its future success,” Avery said in the release. “I’ve been familiar with the organization for years and have always admired the facility and the diverse community programming KAC provides.”

Avery’s position at the Kirkland Art Center is made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, one of only three arts awards made in Oneida County this year.

The Kirkland Art Center says it’s one of the oldest community arts centers in the state and has provided year-round programming for adults and children for nearly 60 years. Its mission is to educate children and adults, to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a variety of cultural experiences and opportunities. The organization’s year-round offerings include art, dance, and pottery classes; community art projects; a live music series; and juried art shows of national and international artists.

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