It is with a mixture of loss and deep appreciation that Waterfall Arts announces the departure of our Executive Director, Martha Piscuskas. Recently, Martha informed the board that she needs to step down from her position for personal family reasons, effective February 2019.
A co-founder of Waterfall Arts and an unerring advocate for the organization, Martha has been with Waterfall since its inception, serving on the Board as Program Committee Chair for the first five years. For over eight years she served as Co-Director and the Director of Programming, leading the organization to diversify and expand its programming, staffing, and audience.
Martha was appointed Executive Director, effective July 1, 2018, as part of a major reorganization that the Board approved in May 2018. She was tasked with running the organization while transitioning Waterfall Arts to the new structure, which is now complete.
Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find the new Waterfall Arts Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to maintain a stable and effective organization while seeking the best individual to lead our phenomenal team. You can find the job announcement here on our website – we ask for your help in identifying candidates who can lead Waterfall Arts.
We cannot thank Martha enough for her dedication, passion, enthusiasm and all the time she has given Waterfall over the past two decades. The Board is saddened by her departure and grateful for all she has done to position the organization for the future. We will miss her wholehearted leadership, and we know she will remain a friend, supporter, and resource as we move into a new, exciting phase for the organization.
Thanks to her efforts, the new Executive Director will be well positioned to continue building on the strengths of Belfast’s major community arts organization.
There will be a public celebration of Martha’s time with Waterfall Arts from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Opening Reception for IN HOUSE, the annual show of work by Waterfall Arts staff, teachers, volunteers, and artists with studios in the building.
The Waterfall Arts Board of Directors
The Board and staff have expressed their great appreciation for Martha’s tenure with the organization. Gianne Conard, President of the Board of Directors, announced Martha’s departure. “Through her work and her words, Martha has taught me the value of this incredible organization. Her commitment to Waterfall – and the community – is profound; and her recent work with the Board, the staff, and the whole Waterfall Arts family will ensure that we have a bright future. She has been a great colleague and friend, and I thank her deeply for all the years, energy, and dedication she has given Waterfall Arts.”
With Alan and Lorna Crichton, Martha helped to found the original Waterfall Arts in the Kingdom neighborhood of Montville, with its streams, ponds and several waterfalls. Founding Director Alan Crichton, currently the Chair of the Waterfall Rising Capital Campaign, said, “For over two decades, Martha has been both a close friend and a respected colleague. I’ve been enriched by her understanding of both art and non-profit organizations and her strong leadership of Waterfall Arts. We truly would not be where we are today without her knowledge, skill and care. I know that her dedication to the organization will continue through her ongoing participation in the Waterfall Rising Capital Campaign. Thank you, Martha! I look forward to working with you in the future.”
Martha shared, “Waterfall has been a wonderful part of my life and identity for the past 20 years. I raised my kids in and around both the Montville and the Belfast sites, and made lots of art here myself. I helped start Waterfall Arts because I wanted a local source for art instruction and community, and I got that back in spades. Our dedicated staff will carry on the excellent programming and transformative user experience this community has come to expect.” She added, “As a donor to the Waterfall Rising Campaign myself, I’m confident that Alan and the whole Waterfall team will meet the goal of creating a wonderful, energy efficient and accessible space for all that artmaking to come. I encourage everyone to be a part of it!”