Friends longtime operation manager moves on to exciting new art adventures
Leading the Friends organization comes with many joys and some sorrows, and I share with you an event that combines both. Friends Operations Manager, Kate Smith Williamschen, accepted an exciting position with the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine as their Exhibition Manager. Her last day at Mia was Friday, July 20. Although Friends is very happy for Kate and know she will do very well with this new opportunity, we will greatly miss her.
Kate had been the face of Friends for four years, with an ever-present smile, an admirable efficiency and great ideas for advancing our projects. Kate’s attention to detail and close comraderies with Mia staff, helped the Friends volunteers create four immensely successful Art in Blooms and many events in-between.
We miss Kate but know that her many strengths and talents will be much appreciated at the Portland Museum of Art.
In the interim as we look for our new Friends Manager, Jackie Figueroa will be filling in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 5:OO PM. Please call Jackie at 612.870.3245 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns about Friends.
All my best,
President, Friends of the Institute