The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has had a rough time since founder Maggie Divelbiss retired as executive director at the end of 2010. In less than three years, Sangre has hired two new EDs, Bill Mercer and Dr. Daniel Lere, both of whom have left (Sangre won't comment on personnel issues.) Quite the departure from Divelbiss' 21-year reign.
Which leaves Sangre once again in the hands of an interim ED, this time Linda Boedeker, who once helmed the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs during an interim period.
We asked Boedeker why all the changes. She writes via e-mail:
I have been here serving as the Interim ED since November of last year. We just posted the position, and if the right candidate shows up (!), they hope to have someone in place by fall. It’s always difficult (if not impossible) for a new director to follow in the footsteps of the founding director, but hopefully enough time has passed….
So this time Sangre's appealing to a more local crowd for its search. It will hold a public meeting covering "the executive director search process" Tues., July 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Buell Children's Museum.