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Dare County Arts Council announces executive director transition

Dare County Arts Council’s Board of Directors has announced that executive director Chris Sawin will be leaving DCAC on July 31 to pursue his new position as president and CEO of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new executive director and will post details about the position by July 1.

Starting August 1, DCAC’s program director Jessica Sands will be the interim executive director while DCAC conducts the search for a new executive director.

“We are extremely grateful for everything Chris has done during his tenure at Dare County Arts Council,” said Richard Phillips, DCAC president. “Over the last 10 years Chris has led Dare County Arts Council with dedication, enthusiasm, and determination. Our organization has grown significantly under Chris’ leadership, and we wish him the best in his new endeavor at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. We look forward to continuing to work with Chris in his new position.”

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Chris Sawin and Ginny Flowers, DCAC executive director and DCAC second vice president, respectively, at an Artrageous Kids Art Festival. Courtesy DCAC

Under Sawin’s guidance, DCAC has created numerous new programs and events that bring art into underserved areas in the community, established financial stability and creatively survived the COVID-19 pandemic, stated a DCAC press release. Sawin has been integral in the process of building DCAC’s new courtyard, which will open this fall. Most recently, Sawin and Sands played essential roles in helping the Homegrown Collaborative Fashion Event come to fruition.

“My heart will always be with Dare County Arts Council,” said Sawin. “When I first started as a volunteer in 2011, I had no idea that it would turn into a decade of friendships with hundreds of artists, performers and volunteers. Our staff and board of directors are second to none, so I’m confident that DCAC’s next phase will be wonderful.”

Sands has been Dare County Arts Council’s program director for over a year and has an extensive background in the arts as well as the nonprofit sector. “She has developed and delivered new ideas and has breathed new energy into DCAC’s programming and event,” stated the release.

For more information about Dare County Arts Council, visit DareArts.org or call 252-473-5558.

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