who we are

Our Staff

Executive Director - Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum

Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum has spent her life hanging out with performers, painters, potters, and poets. While pursuing her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology, she came to the realization that art is a necessary component of the transformation of knowledge into empathy and connection with others. Connie has been the Executive Director of The ARTS Council since 2014. She previously served as its Folk Arts Coordinator. 607-962-1332 x 204, director@eARTS.org




Folk Arts Coordinator - Maria Kennedy

In the grip of incurable wanderlust and fascinated by old stone walls, ancient hedges, and heritage apples and cheeses, Maria Kennedy set out to work her way across Britain on organic farms one summer and found the beginning of the road to paradise.  Along the way she’s accumulated an MA in Folklore and Journalism, and will soon complete her PhD in Folklore from Indiana University on the environmental and cultural heritage issues behind the revival of craft cider in the UK. Read about her musings on landscape, cider, and rural heritage at ciderwithmaria.com. 607-962- 1332 x 206, folkarts@eARTS.org




Program and Outreach Manager - Casey Winston

A lifetime of museum hopping and travel has led to Casey's love of learning about peoples' stories and how the things they left behind tell those stories. Eventually realizing that there were jobs out there where people regularly dealt in the world of stories and objects, Casey set out to attain her Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Along the way Casey discovered that arts and culture are inherently connected to the stories of the past and of the present. A lover of stories, Casey does dabble a little in the world of make-believe by writing in her spare time.607-962-1332 x201, infoARTS@eARTS.org



Grants Manager & Gallery Curator - Chris Walters

With a passport and camera among his most prized possessions, Chris Walters is a traveler and photographer whose service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and years living with his wife overseas have solidified his desire to examine and capture the world around him. With experiences around the world and across the United States, perhaps his proudest moment overseas came in Iceland where his 7 month old daughter received her first passport stamp. Experience the world as he sees it at www.christopherallenwalters.com. 607-962-1332 x205, grants@eARTS.org




Development Assistant - Laura Charles

Laura has always been an incurable doodler; her addiction to drawing has earned her a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA in from The Academy of Art University. In addition to her role at The ARTS Council, Laura is a freelance digital illustrator & designer. She also pursues her own personal projects, often using traditional media. An advocate for the importance of arts education, she teaches drawing classes to kids and adults in the corning area. For more information about Laura, or to see her work, visit her website at www.LauraCharlesStudio.com. 607-962-1332 x 207, development@eARTS.org



Our Board of Directors

Board President: Steve Kettelle
Vice President: Leslie Mauro
Secretary: Sean Lukasik
Treasurer: Hedy Hou

Vani Akula
Allison DeDominick
Karen Epstein
James Galbraith
David Hertel
Michael Joseph
Christy Nicholas
Joy Perry
Andy Rochester
Erin McMurrough

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