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Kathy Shaw Retires

June 28, 2018

Amazing work for 28 years

The Maine Arts Commission Senior Grants Director, Kathy Shaw, is retiring tomorrow after serving the people of Maine for 28 years. She has been a wonderful colleague supporting arts education in multiple ways. She has  worked with the Arts Learning grant program and applicants, helped set up the Dance Education and Ticket to Ride grants in the Grants Management System, supported the work of teaching artists in the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, and has been available to answer my questions and provide advice since I started at the MAC almost 5 years ago.

Kathy has been the kind, patient, and helpful voice on the other end of the phone or email for Maine arts grantees for 28 years — in addition to many other ways she’s served the field during that time, including as Director of Arts Accessibility. Now she hopes to spend more time in her garden — but not before we give her a proper send off! Please attend the Open House we are hosting in Kathy’s honor on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm at the Arts Commission offices at 193 State Street (across from the Blaine House) in Augusta. RSVP here for this free event — and to leave a note for Kathy!

Kathy Ann joined the Maine Arts Commission staff in 1988 to serve as Museum & Visual Arts Associate, moved up to Contemporary Arts Associate, and has held the position of Senior Grants Associate since 2007. She oversees the management of all the agency’s grant programs in coordination with program staff. Additionally, she serves as the agency’s grants liaison with the National Endowment for the Arts. Kathy Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Studies degree in Aesthetics, Art History and Philosophy from the University of Maine, Orono, and has completed course work for a Masters of Arts degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy Center for Museum Studies in San Francisco. After returning to Maine, she held the position of Assistant Development Director at the Portland Museum of Art. Kathy Ann is on the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. She enjoys gardening and studying comparative religion at her home in Augusta where she lives with her husband and two Newfoundland dogs.

Best wishes Kathy Shaw – may all your retirement wishes come true!

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