New president named for board of Utica Monday Night

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UTICA — Local artist and businesswoman Angela Johnson DeCarlis was recently elected president of the Board of Directors of Utica Monday Night For the Arts.

She will serve a three-year term. DeCarlis is a well-known and highly respected painter and accomplished muralist who has been active in the local arts community for several years. An accredited life coach and consultant, she is the owner of Be. Life, Art, Magic located in Utica. She holds degrees in fine arts, business management, and business administration. 

“I’m honored that I have an opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history, and one that has contributed so much culturally to our area over the past 25 years,” DeCarlis said.

“The board is committed to supporting and promoting arts and culture in the region, especially recognizing the positive community impacts and considerable economic benefits they provide,” the new board president added. 

The Board of Directors also announced the addition of two new members: Michelle Klosek, owner of several Varick Street clubs and arts and entertainment venues, and Jennifer Quinn, a marketing executive with Galaxy Communications. Both will serve two-year terms. 

The board also voted to extend by one year the terms of officers Alejandro Gonzalez, vice-president; Amy Creedon, treasurer; and Richard Barrett, secretary, all of whom have served two-year terms.

Former president Alyssa Spina continues to serve on the board, along with founder and honorary member, Lynne Mishelanie, the announcement added.

As part of its 25-year anniversary celebration, UMN For the Arts, in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College and ThINCubator, will launch an intensive 8-week Artist Refinery Program beginning May 25.

The organization received a grant from Key Bank to fund part of the program. Additionally, The Levitt AMP Utica summer concert series, of which UMNFTA is a sponsor, begins June 20 at Kopernick Park.

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