The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Tina Hastings, who will begin her tenure in June 2014. Ms. Hastings comes to the arts council with a strong background in arts administration and will replace former executive director Anne Conroy-Baiter.

Most recently, Ms. Hastings served as the director of the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia where she enjoyed working with regional, national and international artists in all mediums and curating diverse exhibitions, lecture series, and gallery talks for the campus and community. During her time at SUNY Fredonia, she also developed and taught courses for students in the college’s Museum Studies program.

Ms. Hastings holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from Southern Illinois University. Originally from central Ohio, she and her family moved to western New York in 2007 when her husband accepted a teaching position at SUNY Fredonia.

As CCAC’s executive director, Ms. Hastings will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the organization, strategic leadership, planning and outreach, financial management and fundraising, and developing and overseeing programs and services. In addition, she will continue CCAC’s work in improving quality of life in the region and advocating for the role of arts and culture in the Southern Tier.

The arts council’s board of directors and staff are optimistic about the organization’s next phase of development.

“We believe Tina will guide CCAC toward a new chapter of strategic, positive growth and expansion of services,” commented Thomas Barnes, president of CCAC’s board of directors. “She’ll be focusing on grant writing and expanding our resource development capabilities in order to provide for a bright and long future for the important work that the arts council accomplishes.”

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 15 years with quality arts programs and services. The organization boasts a strong mission dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and by members and donors. For more information, see www.myartscouncil.net.