FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. — Daniel Levinson, hired as Assistant Director in March of this year, will serve as Executive Director of Pueblo Arts Alliance effective immediately. He succeeds Susan Fries, a dedicated local leader who spent the last eleven years building the non-profit organization and advocating for the arts as a key component of economic development.
Under her direction, Pueblo established its award-winning Creative Corridor and acquired Arts Alliance Studios at 107 S. Grand Avenue, providing affordable space for over forty artists to create downtown.
Fries has accepted a position with the Pueblo County Office of Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems (EDGIS). She will continue to support Creative Industry in Pueblo in her new capacity with EDGIS, which helps local businesses grow through no-cost initiatives such as the Pueblo Urban Enterprise Zone, Economic Gardening and the Revolving Loan Program.
In a letter to Arts Alliance members, Fries said: “It’s with mixed emotions that I announce to you that I am ending my position at the Pueblo Arts Alliance. It has been an honor to be involved with so many passionate contributors to the advancement of the arts as an economic leader in our community. You can count on me remaining a steadfast supporter of the development and expansion of the creative industries.”
Juan Morales, Pueblo Arts Alliance Board President, said, “Susan’s arts advocacy work exposed Pueblo’s creative industry to the rest of the state, while building an organizational model based on best practices and financial sustainability. Her efforts have led to a radical shift in local perspective, affirming the power that art has towards economic growth and the community’s improved quality of life. ‘Creative Industry’ is now a keyword in Pueblo’s economic development and future.”
Levinson, a Denver native, earned his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with non-profits, community organizations, museums, galleries and academic institutions around the world. Levinson is an emerging visual artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and placed in private collections.
Levinson said, “My hope is to maintain the high standards that Susan has set, yet adapt to the changing conditions of Pueblo’s future. I’m very excited for the opportunity and the challenge!”