Kathleen Jackson has been hired to serve as the new executive director of the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin.
She assumed the responsibility July 18 and succeeds long-time director Betsy Manderen, who retired April 30 after 23 years of service.
Jackson previously served as the executive director of the Cleveland Mediation Center and Senior Citizen Resources in Cleveland.
She earned a master’s degree in liberal studies with concentrations in conflict management, ecovillage development, and nonprofit management/public administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in applied conflict management from Kent State University. Jackson is now working on a master of fine arts degree at Seton Hill University.
FAVA has also announced that, starting with the 2017 school year, all art teachers at Lorain County schools are eligible for a free membership to the nonprofit organization. Members are invited to take part in the annual Members’ Exhibition in November and receive discounts on classes, workshops, the gallery, the Gallery Shop, and services with Ginko Gallery and the Workshop Gallery.
Finally, FAVA recently launched a corporate membership program. Corporate memberships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and benefits include FAVA membership for employees, optional employee upgrades, FAVA Gallery use for private events, art class tuition for employees, discounts in the Gallery Shop, event tickets, participation in the Members’ Show, and more. Local participating corporations include Nordson, PolyOne, and Geisel.
For information visit the FAVA website at www.favagallery.org.