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Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Columbus Festival -- And the Winner Is...

Maureen Riley!! -- Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Leah Alters!! -- Columbus Arts Festival

After a lengthy vetting/application process at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (see this blog post with more details) the former Director of the Detroit Festival of the Arts, Maureen Riley, will be named to the position of Executive Director at the prestigious art fair, effective January 1, 2010. Maureen, a Detroit area resident will be moving to Ann Arbor soon, told me, "I’m extremely excited about joining the team that puts on this prestigious art fair and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the Ann Arbor community."

We are all sending you the best wishes, Mo, in this new position. I am confident you are the one for the job. Congratulations to the Street Fair Board on a good choice.

Leah Alters, executive director of Wausau Area Events and Main Street Wausau, will leave her position Jan. 1 for a new job in Ohio, replacing long time director Katie (Lucas) Laux who left to pursue new opportunities with a Columbus non-profit.

The Columbus Arts Festival hosts about 230 nationally acclaimed artists and features gourmet food, live concerts and hands-on art activities, according to its Web site. The festival will run from June 4 to June 6 in 2010.

A veteran of the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis where she was artist coordinator, in recent years has worked on the Wausau Balloon Rally & Glow, and helped develop other events in Wausau. Read more details here.

Welcome to Columbus, Leah! We wish you a great first year at the festival.

Other changes:

The fabulous Erin Woody, who managed and developed events for the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI, (including the Great Lakes Art Fair) is starting a new position in St. Louis, MO, the first of the year where she will be Field Marketing Manager for Red Bull. Congratulations, Erin. We will miss you in Michigan but know this is an opportunity you cannot turn down. Best wishes.

Which, in turn, means that Erin's position is open in Novi. Interested? Contact Anne Sloney at the Rock Financial Showplace for more information,, 248-348-5600 x 210.

In Omaha, NE, the very capable and popular Carly Barth is stepping down from her position as art director of the Summer Arts Festival to spend time with her son. The art fair community welcomes Elizabeth Balasz into Carly's position.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on February 4, 2010 at 4:03pm
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The "best" -- with the highest overall quality and the most applicants would be the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair - the original fair,

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