Hamilton Arts Council Executive Director Stephanie Vegh is the new Manager of Media and Communications for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Vegh will start at the KWAG on June 19, and end her tenure as HAC Executive Director.
Serving as HAC Executive Director since 2011, Vegh made great strives in making the Council relevant during a time of great change in Hamilton's arts scene, including helping to manage the fall out from the end of Opera Hamilton in 2014.
Lita Barrie, President of HAC's Board of Directors, says of Vegh's many achievements in a press statement:
During her tenure as Executive Director, Stephanie Vegh renewed the Hamilton Arts Council’s role as a resource and advocate for the local arts community. Her notable contributions include successfully advocating for a $1 million increase in municipal arts funding, establishing LivingArts Hamilton as a professional development program rooted in storytelling, and a recent $249,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to launch Building Cultural Legacies, an upcoming three-year project that will archive the history of the arts in Hamilton through a collective memory approach.
On a personal note, I've learned much from my conversations with Vegh, admired how she managed the sometimes fractious competing disciplines of Hamilton's arts scene, her grace under politicial pressure, and her ability to manage relationships.
Securing increased municipal funding for small artists is no small feat, especially in Hamilton.
I'll miss our conversations. The Hamilton Arts Council now faces the difficulty challenge of finding a new executive director who can continue Vegh's work.