Things are changing at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Not only is it in the midst of a leadership change, but it's expanding.
Cottonwood is opening a retail storefront at 8 S. Tejon St. (inside the U.S. Bank building) on Nov. 29. The venture, which will function like a co-op, will feature mostly Cottonwood artist products. Interim executive director Sandy Murphy says the space was given to Cottonwood by an anonymous donor, and will be available to the center on an ongoing basis. The center will still be responsible for some financial obligations, Murphy says, and will stay open as long as its still a viable venture for Cottonwood artists.
Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through the holidays.
Murphy, a Cottonwood artist, volunteered to work as interim ED after Kay Jeansonne stepped down last month to pursue her own artwork and interests. Murphy, a metalsmith, says she has no intention of vying for the position permanently, but wanted to help the board with her experience in corporate management and PR. She's now in her third week.
The Cottonwood board has compiled a search committee for a permanent ED and will soon finalize the total job description and publish it for applicants. Murphy says there's no timeline for the board, that they will take as long as they need to in order to find an ED who will take Cottonwood "to the next level."