Julie Richard new Maine Arts Commission executive director

The Maine Arts Commission has selected Julie Richard, CEO of the West Valley Arts Council in Phoenix, Ariz., to serve as the commission’s new director. Charles Stanhope, chairman of the Maine Arts Commission, says Julie Richard will further a commitment to “Maine’s artists, arts organizations and arts educators.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Maine Arts Commission as their new executive director,” said Richard. “Maine’s vibrant artist community, many festivals and wonderful arts organizations are respected throughout the country. I am impressed by the level and impact of the support to the arts sector by Maine’s elected officials and I am eager to get to know everyone involved in the arts around the state. “The Maine Arts Commission has been a leader in implementing many cutting edge philosophies and programs over the years. I am anxious to be a part of such a vibrant and well-respected organization and look forward to taking it to the next level.”

Richard received her M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin and studied leadership at Harvard University. She has written and presented numerous papers on arts development, served on approximately 30 boards or councils devoted to the arts, and has received multiple honors for her devotion to the arts. Richard takes the helm Sept. 4, replacing acting director Darryl Bulmer. FMI, visit mainearts.maine.gov/