Arts council welcomes new executive director

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is thrilled to welcome Sonya Poweska as the organization’s new executive director.

“The last few months have been a little turbulent for GAC, but the response to this position was incredibly positive,” said board president Mary Calarco.

“With over 25 qualified applicants, our hiring committee conducted nine interviews in November, and Sonya was clearly the best candidate. The decision to offer her the position was unanimous.”

Poweska, a professional arts administrator, began her new role on Jan. 3. She brings extensive arts leadership experience in fund development, programming and community engagement, most recently with the Mississauga Arts Council.

“I’m very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to work as the new Executive Director of Guelph Arts Council,” said Poweska.

“Guelph is a terrific community rich in heritage, culture, and the arts. I’m eager to work with the board and staff to create new opportunities for community participation while also supporting the pursuits of established artists and organizations … ”

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