WINDMORE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS APPOINTS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Effective June 16, 2014, Windmore welcomed their new Executive Director, Samantha Whitesides. In her new role, Whitesides will provide leadership for Windmore’s programmatic, educational, and community activities, while continuing to cultivate new and existing community relationships. As Director, she will also have responsibility for implementing and enhancing the organization’s strategic goals; leading fund raising initiatives; working closely with the media to promote all functions; and supporting current and future program activities. Short to long term goals will include working with the Town’s leadership and recently formed Arts Council, to potentially create a place to be used as a community arts center. Other efforts will be to encourage and enhance each division under Windmore, to conduct workshops, art shows, exhibits, and productions.
Whitesides states that her energy will be spent “enhancing and creating connections with a variety of Windmore members and area residents, including donors, artists, and liaisons of other artistic/cultural organizations. Strategic alliances will continue to be important.”
Ms. Whitesides’ professional background includes experience with various corporations such as Canon USA, Nextel, and Intuit, as well as area government contractors. She also served various non-profit organizations, both on a local and national level. Recently, her service included leading The Humane Society of Culpeper. She was able to implement multiple life-saving programs for the community, including a thriving spay/neuter initiative, as well as Culpeper’s first Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for cats, stray and otherwise, living outdoors.
She was awarded the local designation, Citizen of the Year in 2011. Samantha has the ability to network in a positive and collaborative way by developing ideas and putting them into action. She then collaborates with members of the community to accomplish the necessary tasks. Samantha describes herself as being “idealistic, spiritual, independent, and adaptable.”
It is her goal for Windmore to offer young children, adults, and families, opportunities to explore and experience the arts, while discovering their hidden talents. Whitesides believes that “most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature and involve participants of all ages and backgrounds. Through the arts, we practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. Teamwork, in the truest sense, is the basis for all good community relations – including the Arts.”
MONTHLY COMMUNITY ARTS MEETING for Area Visual Artists. ‘BYOS’ or Bring Your Own Still Life and join us in a group activity. Light snacks and drinks will be offered; come and socialize with your fellow painters and artisans! The Windmore Foundation for the Arts will be hosting its next gathering on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Doyle residence, 912 Augustine Drive, Culpeper (in town, off Rt. 522). You may contact us at 540-829-5879 or 540-547-4333 for more information. Feel free to invite your friends and family. We are also looking for your input on how to grow our group and serve the artists in the community.