ALTON — The Jacoby Arts Center on April 25 announced the hiring of Aaron McMullin as its executive director.
McMullin brings to the position experience in arts programming, grants management and program development. McMullin will be responsible for building and strengthening connections within the Greater Alton community, growing and supporting programs, and expanding the organization’s reach.
“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Jacoby Arts Center in the amazing work that they are doing within the Alton community,” McMullin said. “Art has the power to heal, transform, expand, uplift, confuse, excite and inspire. I am already awed by how much of a powerful and positive impact the existing Jacoby programs have within our community. I can’t wait to work with our community to find even more ways for Jacoby to further nurture and promote the practice and appreciation of the arts.”
A native of Godfrey, McMullin attended Principia School in St. Louis and received a bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. She has more than 15 years experience working with children and adults in camp, high school and afterschool arts programs.
Prior to joining the Jacoby Arts Center, McMullin worked in St. Louis to develop a discussion series called FoodSpark and worked with AmeriCorps at Saint Louis University, where she helped develop programs that increase access to healthy, affordable food for low-income communities. McMullin also has been developing her own arts practice and helps emerging artists with exhibiting and programming opportunities through the Yeyo Arts Collective.
“The Jacoby Arts Center Board of Directors is incredibly excited for Aaron to take the helm,” said Mary Vandevord, board secretary. “Her enthusiasm and passion for the arts, as well as her experience in developing arts programming, really made her a perfect fit for where the organization is headed.”
For more information, visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.