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GAAC Has a New Executive Director

Sarah Kime

Traverse City resident Sarah Kime becomes the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s new Executive Director on December 3. She takes the reins of this Leelanau County arts organization following the year-end retirement of Peg McCarty, GAAC director since 2003. Kime was Director of Advancement with Goodwill Northern Michigan from 2015 to 2018. Additionally, she brings to the GAAC a decade of work in the nonprofit sector including work with the March of Dimes and the Detroit Historical Society.

As the GAAC’s new Executive Director Kime will lead the organization, supported by the GAAC board and staff. She will take on projects that continue to strengthen the GAAC’s diverse creative offerings, including education, operations, financial management and fund development. Kime will also play a role in communicating the GAAC’s expanded, community-focused mission. She is a 2018 graduate of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. Kime received a BA in Anthropology and Archeology in 2002 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

“I’m so grateful and excited to be working to preserve the vitality of a successful organization that is ready to grow to the next level,” Kime said.  “And inspired by the dynamic quality of the programming, events and education that the staff, volunteers and valued donors have created.”

Jeff Gietzen, president of the GAAC Board of Directors, adds, “Peg McCarty helped the GAAC grow, and evolve into the multifaceted organization that it has become. Sarah Kime’s experiences and resume make her an excellent successor when Peg passes the baton at the end of December. Sarah will build on the GAAC founders’ vision, and the contributions made by Peg McCarty. We look forward to welcoming Sarah to the GAAC and to the community.”


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