Lottie Prize winner Jessie Pocock leaving GOCA

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She said she had a lot on her cosmic to-do list, and Jessie Pocock has already proven her point. Earlier this week, one of the Indy's inaugural Lottie Prize winners announced that she's leaving her post as development and events coordinator at the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the end of November.

Pocock is starting her own business, called Off to Work, which will act as a vendor for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, specializing in job placement, recruitment and coaching for individuals with developmental disabilities, she writes via email. Her husband Jacob will help recruit businesses for employment opportunities while she'll do "on-the-ground work with clients."

"As you know, this is a community I have worked with and absolutely love working with. Its actually pretty full-circle given that I started my career working with folks with various abilities all the way back before the Club of Arts days," she says.
GOCA's social media announcement from yesterday.
  • GOCA's social media announcement from yesterday.

While the new pursuit isn't exactly in the nonprofit sector, Pocock assures that she'll still remain active in the community through volunteering. But Off to Work has its own "social profit twist," she says. "Work is such a critical component of identity, community and contribution. Establishing opportunities for employment is social justice, it’s advocacy in action which is another reason it's so kick-ass."

Pocock's last event with GOCA as a staff member will be this Friday's Lunch Beat. Those interested in applying for her vacated position can find more information here.

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