FRAMINGHAM – After 3 and a half years, the executive director of Amazing Things Arts Center in downtown Framingham will be leaving in July.
“It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that the Board of Directors announces the departure of Ellen Sturgis as Executive Director of Amazing Things Arts Center, effective July 20,” said Amazing Things Arts Center Chair Robin Welch. “Since 2015, Ellen has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization.”
Sturgis’ 3 ½ years of dedicated service included many significant accomplishments, said Welch.
Broadening the variety of music genres for wider audience appeal
Increasing fundraising through donor challenges and successful grant writing
Expanding the Gallery program
Partnering with Framingham Public Library/McAuliffe Branch on a summer jazz program
Strengthening collaboration with community, schools and arts/culture organizations
Overseeing renovations and maintenance of the Amazing Things Firehouse
Conceiving and working toward an outdoor performance space in downtown Framingham
The Board will begin a search process immediately to find a new Executive Director.
“Our priority is finding the best individual to lead Amazing Things while continuing on our successful trajectory,” said Welch.
“We’re grateful for the dedication, passion, and inspiring leadership Ellen has given Amazing Things during her 3 ½ years, and we know she’ll be successful in her future pursuits,” said Welch. “We’re looking forward to the next chapter of Amazing Things as we continue our mission to build community through the arts.”
Amazing Things Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 and located in a renovated Firehouse in downtown Framingham. It is a local hub of creativity and a gathering place that makes the arts affordable and accessible. Presenting live music in all genres, and other performance arts including spoken word, theater and comedy, it is committed to providing “open mic” and “jam” opportunities as well as promoting local visual arts in its Gallery.