Saratoga Arts Announces New Executive Director: Louise Kerr

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Founded in 1986 by and for artists and audiences, Saratoga Arts’ mission is to enrich the region by cultivating a vibrant arts community and by ensuring that the arts are accessible to all. In its 30+ years, Saratoga Arts has brought the arts to over 1,000,000 people through its programs and provided performing and visual artists opportunities to earn over $3,000,000 in art sales and performance fees. Saratoga Arts is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of our members, friends and community.

Louise Kerr

Saratoga Arts Board of Directors announced that Louise Kerr will serve as the new Executive Director of Saratoga Arts. Susanne Simpson, President of the Board of Directors said, “We are thrilled to have Louise as the new Leader for Saratoga Arts. She brings an energy and enthusiasm as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience that will truly honor our Vision for the future!”

Louise started in September of this year and has already began to reach out and meet members of the Community and understand the impact of Saratoga Arts on our Region. She is working currently with the staff on the first exhibit under her new role, which will take place late Fall. “As the new Executive Director of Saratoga Arts, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to return to what I love best – connecting and nurturing artists across all genres, at all points of their careers and working collaboratively on a local and regional level to promote and sustain the meaningful impact a public arts center can have serving the community.” Said Louise Kerr, Executive Director for Saratoga Arts.

Louise Kerr comes to Saratoga Arts from The Olana Partnership, The Historic New York State Park and Home of Frederic Church, the famed Hudson River School painter, where she served as the Director of Engagement and Visitor Operations. Prior, she was the Operations Manager for The Betty Cuningham Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She brings more than 20 years of diverse business management experience, both in New York and California, to her new post.

Born and raised in Scotland, her undergraduate studies were in Architecture and Design at The Glasgow College of Building and Printing (now part of Glasgow University) and she obtained her Master’s degree in Fine Art from the prestigious New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Having spent many years at a weekend home near Sacandaga Lake over a decade ago, her current move to Saratoga Springs has allowed her to put down permanent roots in the Community.

Louise said, “It is with great enthusiasm, a fresh perspective, and the belief in a dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Saratoga Arts, that I look forward to forging new relationships, partnerships and connections that will continue to build upon Saratoga Arts successful history with a focus on the mission of making the arts accessible to all”

For more information on Saratoga Arts, please visit the website www.saratoga-arts.org or to reach Louise Kerr directly at Saratoga Arts, call 518-584-4132. Saratoga Arts is located at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs and sits at the Corner of Congress Park.

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