New Yorker Will Lead Artistic Programming at Confluence
A woman who most recently served as senior director of an arts center at Columbia University in New York City has been hired as the director of artistic programming for the Confluence Arts Center.
Brenna St. George Jones, who has roots in Wisconsin and Minnesota, was announced as director of arts programming Friday after a two-month search. The Confluence Arts Center is under construction in downtown Eau Claire and is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
“I am thrilled to join the Confluence team, and the Chippewa Valley community, as we embark on this exciting new venture,” St. George Jones said in a press release. “It’s not often you are offered the chance be a part of something extraordinary, in the truest sense of the word. I look forward to highlighting the best of an already thriving regional arts scene, while bringing to the Confluence Center the world-class performers and diverse audiences worthy of its world-class venues.”
St. George Jones will be tasked with creating the inaugural season for the performing arts center, which is a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and community groups and is being built with city, county, state, and philanthropic funding.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Confluence Arts Center
CONFLUENCE HIRES DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING
Director of Artistic Programming Brings Over 20 of Years Experience to the Confluence
(Eau Claire, WI, January 26, 2018) – After a two-month national search, the Confluence Arts Center is pleased to announce that the position of Director of Artistic Programming has been filled. Brenna St. George Jones of New York, New York will fill this vital role and create the inaugural season. She is eager to bring her experience and talents to the Chippewa Valley and the Confluence Arts Center. She has built her career on the idea that the arts have a unique power to shape the world around them.
St. George Jones said, “I am thrilled to join the Confluence team, and the Chippewa Valley community, as we embark on this exciting new venture. It’s not often you are offered the chance be a part of something extraordinary, in the truest sense of the word. I look forward to highlighting the best of an already thriving regional arts scene, while bringing to the Confluence Center the world-class performers and diverse audiences worthy of its world-class venues.”
St. George Jones’ career highlights include being Company Manager for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble as well as an extensive freelance career. St. George Jones worked for the Miller Theatre and Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts over the past nine years where she most recently led as the Senior Director. The Confluence Arts Center is looking forward to bringing St. George Jones’ skills to this unique community arts project and its community partners that also include the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Acting Executive Director, Jason Jon Anderson said, “After an extensive national search I am excited to be adding Brenna’s skills and talents to the Confluence team. I know she will work with local artists, local musicians, literary artists, theatre groups and stakeholders to ensure an inaugural season that will fulfill the Confluence’s mission as well as highlight the incredible creative economy of this region. She will ensure that the Confluence Arts Centers programming meets and exceeds our regions expectations.”
St. George Jones has roots and ties in both Minnesota and Wisconsin making this an exciting move to a city that straddles big city and small-town life. She is eager to start her new position which will allow her to use her skills with new and exciting challenges.
About the Confluence Arts Center
Scheduled to open in fall 2018, the Confluence Arts Center will be located in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin and will include a 1,200-seat theatre and a flexible 400-seat theatre, rehearsal, dance and community rooms; visual arts studio and galleries, labs for sound and lighting, set and exhibit design, recording arts, multimedia production and costume design; a scene shop equipped to support the maker space and vocational training initiatives; administrative offices for management, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and Visit Eau Claire staff. The Confluence Arts Center offers the community a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. The Confluence Arts Center will operate in support of a mission that is focused on augmenting and developing regional education opportunities in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages and backgrounds.
For more information, please contact Elaine Coughlin, Marketing Coordinator at the Confluence Arts Center, at 715-492-0300 or Elaine@ConfluenceEauClaire.com.