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Thousand Islands Arts Center names interim executive director | Arts and Entertainment

CLAYTON — The Thousand Islands Arts Center has named an interim executive director following the resignation of Kathleen M. Ferguson in December.

Ferguson served as executive director for six months.

On Monday, TIAC announced that Sarah Riddoch has been hired as interim executive director. She is a TIAC trustee and president of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

“I’m excited to be stepping in as interim director,” Riddoch said in a news release. “It feels like a natural role, as I have been on the board for nearly a decade and on the executive committee for most of those years. We have a fantastically dedicated team in the office and a passionate and involved board of trustees. With so much enthusiasm for our TIAC family it’s easy to love all we do as an organization.”

Riddoch is a real estate professional, having been in the industry for 18 years. She also worked as editor of the Thousand Islands Sun for eight years. She has worked in marketing, business promotion and with the Clayton Local Development Corporation. She has also served on the local district’s school board and is a trustee and secretary of the Thousand Islands Screen and Dramatic Arts organization. Riddoch has been managing TIAC’s resale shop, Finders Keepers, for three years, overseeing all volunteers, donations, merchandising, pricing and promoting.

TIAC also announced Monday that Marina Loew has been promoted to assistant director and museum curator. She will be continuing to bring new and dynamic exhibits to the arts center, maintain and preserve the handweaving collection, pursue grant opportunities while developing and maintaining a museum store.

“I’m excited to be taking on this position and I look forward to working alongside Sarah as we head into an exciting new phase for the Arts Center,” Loew said. “There’s a lot to do but, thanks to the support of our wonderful board and hardworking staff, I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.”

In June, it was announced that TIAC would construct a new facility, funded in part by its $2 million share of New York State Council on the Arts Large Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture. An anonymous “significant” donation of more than $1 million has also backed the project and a capital campaign was also planned.

The building is scheduled to be constructed at 321 James St., where TIAC now operates the thrift and consignment store, Finder’s Keepers.

When the project was announced, the tentative end date for it was set for June, 2025.

TIAC is now forced to host many of its classes off site due to a lack of space. Its current building at 314 John St. was built in 1877. The building has no elevator and the new facility would be energy efficient and ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act)-compliant.

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