Kirkland Art Center names Ensign as new executive director

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CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 91/2 E. Park Row, has named Marilee Ensign as its new executive director following a search by the Board of Trustees. 

Ensign brings more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including her previous work as executive director of Utica Symphony Orchestra and, currently, as director of the Clinton ABC Program and manager for Clinton Symphony Orchestra Mohawk Valley.

Her passion for the arts developed early in her career when she studied drama education and she has worked as an actor and director in numerous theater companies, including Players of Utica. 

“Marilee’s passion and energy for the arts, combined with her skills and experience, really impressed us. We are delighted that she will lead the KAC in fulfilling its mission to the community,” said Mark Landrey, KAC board treasurer. 

With her appointment, Ensign will join Landrey and other KAC Board members in the on-going search for a development director, an REDC-funded position focused on fund-raising, membership and programming.

In its 58th year, the KAC is a regional community arts center located on the Village Green. The mission of the KAC is to educate children and adults, to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a range of cultural experiences and opportunities.

In addition to on-going classes and workshops, upcoming events at the KAC include the latest KAC Live! concert featuring Kat Wright with The Old Main opening on May 10; the annual KAC Run & Walk and Festival On The Green on June 1; and KAC KIDS CAMPS in July and August.

A new exhibition in the KAC gallery, Needles and Glue, runs through May 24.

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