OLEAN, NY – Tina Hastings, the executive director of the Tri-County Arts Council, will be leaving her position effective Dec. 21.

Hastings led the agency for five years, and she and staff have accomplished a lot – most notably leading the organization to its new location the heart of downtown Olean.  The new location has expanded classroom space and includes a top flight art gallery and store full of work from local artists.

The gallery features the works of Thomas Paquette and Mikel Wintermantel in a show titled “The Enduring Landscape.”  The recent annual Winter Art Market. held at Seneca Iroquois National Museum/Onõhsagwë: De’ Cultural Center, was a success. Plans are underway for the annual Celebration of the Arts, to be held April 25 at the Woodside Tavern on the Range in Olean.

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Hastings stated “I have enjoyed my time working in support of the arts and culture in the region and leading the Arts Council in a geographic expansion, name change, rebranding and recent move to a new location.  It has been a pleasure to get to know so many talented artists and those involved with the administration of the arts organizations throughout the tri-county region.” 

The search for Hastings’ replacement is underway. Arts Council Board President Ira Katzenstein stated, “Tina took the arts council many steps forward, evidence that dreams do sometimes come true.  It is with regret that we say goodbye.  It is also exciting to continue to look forward at the opportunities ahead.”

The council's board of directors has established a search committee to assist in identifying a replacement for the position of the executive director and a formal posting for the position will be made in the coming weeks. 

More information about Tri-County Arts Council is available at http://www.myartscouncil.net or at the store and gallery at 110 W. State St.