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[July 26, 2017]

Back to the Land of the Long White Cloud
A Message from Sedona Arts Center

It is with a sense of bittersweet sadness that I write to you—all of our wonderful Arts Center members—to announce my upcoming move to New Zealand. After two and a half years managing this wonderful nonprofit organization—and working hard to grow programming, partnerships, and resources—my family and I will be moving back to our beloved adopted country on the other side of the world... 

There in the Bay of Plenty, I've been offered an extraordinary leadership role set within a seaside community and rich Maori heritage. In November, I will become Museum Director and Cultural Affairs Manager for Whakatane District Council—the local government for a community of 20,000 people. The Antipodes are calling...

The truly good news is that Vince Fazio, long serving director of the Arts Center's school, has agreed to become the new Executive Director in mid-October. During my time at the helm, Vince has taken an increasing leadership role in marketing, programming, gallery operations, and board relations. Over the coming months, we will all work together on a smooth transition—refining the Arts Center's upcoming events, ensuring budget and operational efficiencies, and dreaming up the exciting 60th Anniversary year ahead...

This is a homecoming of sorts for us. In 2002, after serving as executive director of the local arts council in Beaufort, South Carolina for six years, my wife and I decided to move abroad. We took our then infant daughter and eight suitcases, and migrated to a foreign city we had never been to (see photo above of our neighborhood in Wellington, overlooking the Cook Strait, Island Bay on the North Island, and the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island)...

It was an adventure, a cultural immersion, a challenge, and one of the best things we've ever done. We had two other daughters in Wellington, developed our careers overseas, and became New Zealand citizens in 2007. And this October, after ten years away, we'll begin the journey back to Aotearoa ("Land of the Long White Cloud" in the Maori language). We'll reconnect with dear friends, find stunning new sunsets like the one above, and immerse ourselves in a familiar Kiwi creative vibe...   

Before we go, I want you to know how much I have loved being Executive Director here in the Art Barn, and how much your ideas, support, visits, emails, and participation have meant to my tenure. Your involvement and contributions have helped us grow Sedona Arts Center in magical new ways—and that will continue long after my departure.

In a few short years, we've added ukuleles, established America's newest artist colony, expanded our plein air events, achieved record sales in our gallery, offered free professional development opportunities for the local creative community, formed bold new partnerships, and beautified the Arts Center campus.

Members and supporters have made all of our recent progress possible—pitching in, volunteering, sharing ideas, donating money, attending events. I leave knowing that your faith in Sedona Arts Center has rejuvenated our board, staff, programming, and facilities—and will sustain its future.

The phrase in Maori is Ka pai! (well done)!  

Please stop by the Art Barn over the coming months, and continue sharing your ideas, thoughts, and creative energy with us. Let the momentum and excitement build beyond the 60th year...

Kia kaha (stay strong, be fearless).  

And if you make it to the Southern Hemisphere, and ever find yourself in the Land of the Long White Cloud, you'll have a ready host in the Bay of Plenty. The red rock dust will still be on my boots, and forever settled deep within my soul... 

Ka kite ano (until I see you again). 

Arohanui e hoa (big love my friend),

E r i c  H o l o w a c z
Executive Director

Sedona Arts Center Director Bound for New Zealand

The Sedona Arts Center Board of Directors has announced that after two and a half years at the helm, Executive Director Eric Holowacz will be stepping down in October to take a leadership role in his adopted country of New Zealand. Current Deputy Director, Vince Fazio, will continue the momentum and take over as executive director in mid-October. 

Holowacz, who has led a vibrant renewal of creative programs and services, will become Museum Director and Cultural Affairs Manager in Whakatane, a coastal town in the Bay of Plenty. His tenure in Sedona saw the rejuvenation of the 60-year old organization, including diverse new initiatives, creative partnerships, and cultural awareness projects. 

Photo: Eric Holowacz

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[February 21, 2017]

Announcing the 2017 Sedona Summer Colony
Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School Invite Creative People from Around the World to a New American Residency Program for Artists and Cultural Managers

Something magical is happening in the high desert landscape of Northern Arizona. In the geological expanses of Sedona, there’s a powerful form of creative energy pulsating from the red rock vortexes—and at its core is new cultural production and support for the creative process. Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School have opened applications for the 2017 Sedona Summer Colony, and encourage artists, creative producers, and cultural managers to apply and be part of this new energy source.

Photo: Head of Verde Valley School, Paul Amadio and Sedona Arts Center Executive Director, Eric Holowacz

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[January 17, 2017]

The Business of Art Series
Sedona Arts Center Offering Professional Development for Artists

To help develop the creative community in 2017, Sedona Arts Center is offering a series of free "Business of Art" workshops that cover essential topics to artists of every kind. This community outreach program is made possible thanks to support from the City of Sedona, Kling Family Foundation, and Arizona Commission on the Arts—as well as the generous members and patrons of Sedona Arts Center. 

"Part of our mission has always been to support, grow, and enhance the local creative community," said Eric Holowacz, Executive Director. “Our new free professional development opportunities follow in that tradition and are designed to impart skills, ideas, and know how."

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[May 25, 2016]

Meet the Inaugural Artists and Cultural Managers of the Sedona Summer Colony

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[April 15, 2016]

Sedona Arts Center Scholarship Program Gives Everyone the Opportunity to Pursue Their Artistic Passion

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[April 11, 2016]

Sedona Arts Center Announces its 2016 Summer Camp for Creative Kids

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[March 30, 2016]

Support the Arts on Arizona Gives Day Challenge
Sedona Arts Center Invites the Community to Give Generously on April 5

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[August 12, 2015]

Sedona Arts Center Announces New Executive Director,
Invites Your Ideas for Creative Vision, Collaboration, and Cultural Celebration

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[August 12, 2015]

Sedona Arts Center Awarded Grant Support
Looks to New Vision for Creative Community

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