Thursday, April 21, 2011

Joe McCarthy CCAI Incoming Executive Director

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Joe McCarthy will become the organization’s Executive Director on July 1, 2011. The Board stated that Joe’s commitment, energy, and vision are vital to CCAI and to the arts in northern Nevada.

CCAI Board President Cyndy Brenneman said, “We are thrilled to have Joe join CCAI. We look forward to his leadership and continuing CCAI’s work bringing art to our community through exhibitions, speakers’ programs, and arts in the schools.”

Joe has lived in northern Nevada for 32 years and is married with two adult children. He earned a BA in history from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and a MA in curriculum development from State University of New York, Albany. He has also completed graduate coursework from UNR.

Throughout Joe’s varied career, he has maintained a strong dedication to a dynamic arts and culture environment for Carson City. Joe’s nine years as Director of Business Development with the City of Carson City ushered in a new level of cultural appreciation and unprecedented sophisticated "Big Picture" civic thinking. As Director of Business Development, Joe collaborated with the Carson City Library to create the Business Resource Innovation Center [BRIC], a center for business development in the former Fireside Inn. He is a firm believer in arts & culture being an equal partner in a town’s life along with business and government. Joe worked to establish both the Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition and the Carson City Cultural Commission, a city agency. He was Executive Director of Brewery Arts Center from 1996 – 2002 and produced outstanding programming and facility growth during his tenure there.

[text and image by CCAI staff; burden basket in photo by Carson City artist Sue Coleman]

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