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Saint Louis Art Fair Executive Director Moves On

Congratulations to one of the best show organizers in the country, Cindy Lerick. She has recently accepted a new position as Executive Director of the Sausalito Art Festival in Sausalito, CA. Cindy will be resigning her post as the Executive Director of Cultural Festivals (producers of the Saint Louis Art Fair) and will be joining the Sausalito Festival on May 15th.

You may have met Cindy at the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis, or at Main Street Fort Worth and for the last years running the highly successful art fair in Saint Louis. Yet, she has also served on the board of the International Festivals & Events Association, and was the IFEA World Board Chair in 2015. She also is the Program Coordinator for the IFEA’s Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE) program.

Festivals come with all kinds of budgets and Sausalito has one of the big ones, meaning she is stepping up to a larger job. All of us who have been impacted by her professionalism know she well deserves this position.

What happens in Saint Louis? Will we have a round of musical chairs with another show director moving there? We'll find out soon. In the meantime, Laura Miller, Deputy Director, who has been with the event since its inception is very capable of maintaining its quality.

She has often joined us with comments and clarifications here on AFI. 

You might enjoy this podcast I did with Cindy and Stephen King several years ago:

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Comment by Connie Mettler on May 10, 2017 at 8:44am

About me: I started listening to that podcast, done when I first started podcasting ... and it is amazing ... my audio didn't work and Stephen and Cindy interviewed each other. About the podcast: Cindy and Stephen really pull back the covers and talk about meeting budgets and how they run their shows. 

Comment by Sherry Haney on May 10, 2017 at 9:34am

Cindy is one of those people that makes a huge impression on all that meet her, including me. She will be greatly missed by artists across Missouri. I do wish her the best of luck and know she will be successful.

Comment by Connie Mettler on May 10, 2017 at 11:41am

I went back through my archives when I was writing this, Sherry, and was surprised at all the helpful info she has posted here AND in person. Truly open and helpful. She so deserves this great job.

Comment by Cindy Lerick on May 10, 2017 at 12:39pm

You both are so kind! Thank you.


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