River Arts Executive Director Dominique Gustin has resigned to pursue new opportunities and develop her artistic practice.
She will continue to work part-time at River Arts to support the organization through this transition.
“I can’t thank Dominique enough for her time and commitment to this organization and our community,” said Nan Carle Beauregard, River Arts board president. “I cannot adequately express my gratitude for her stewardship of our mission of arts for all.
“We wish her much continued success in her next endeavors and look forward to building upon the progress we’ve made under her leadership. She has positioned us well to continue our work providing the community with a vibrant hub for the arts.”
The board is beginning a search for the next River Arts’ executive director.
During Gustin’s tenure, which began in 2016, River Arts has expanded its programs, organized public art projects, launched a community clay studio and artisan gift shop featuring Vermont artists, which add to the vitality of downtown Morrisville and provide a dedicated space for individuals and families to engage creatively together.
In addition, while the River Arts operating budget grew, so did its reserves. Gustin leaves the organization in a strong financial position with vibrant programs and an exceptional staff.
“She leaves behind a remarkable legacy of accomplishment and a strong organization and team committed to providing opportunities for our community to gather together, express themselves, become inspired, share ideas, take risks, laugh — and connect through the arts.” said Tricia Follert, community coordinator for the Morristown municipal government, a longtime partner of River Arts.
Gustin said that “it’s always difficult to make a decision like this. However, reaching my 12-year mark as staff, and approaching our 20th anniversary as an organization, caused me to reflect on what’s ahead, both for me and for River Arts.
“I feel extremely proud of all we’ve accomplished, and confident that the organization is well prepared for this transition, with the staff, infrastructure, programs, and resources necessary to take it successfully into the future.”
Among River Arts initiatives under Gustin’s leadership:
• Expanded the “Kinder Arts” program, bringing high-quality arts experiences into seven preschools and a drop-in class at River Arts that reaches over 130 children in Lamoille County.
• Working with partners, helped bring seven permanent public sculptures and more than five murals to downtown Morrisville.
• Added 500 new, unique individuals to the River Arts roster, serving 3,500 people each year.
• Generated new energy and excitement through group art exhibits.
• Expanded youth arts camps to include learning to cook.
• Partnered with Sundog Poetry Center on “AMP Nights,” bringing the work of an artist, musician and poet to locations in Lamoille County.
River Arts is a nonprofit community arts organization based in Morrisville with a mission to enrich the community through the arts. Information: riverartsvt.org.