Main Line Art Center Announces New Leadership
HAVERFORD, PA (June 29, 2018) — The Board of Directors of Main Line Art Center in Haverford announces that Thomas Scurto-Davis has been named Executive Director of the Center. Scurto-Davis, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director for the last six months, and has held the position of Director of Finance and Operations for the Center over the past eight years, replaces Amie Potsic, who resigned in December. Scurto-Davis began his tenure as Executive Director on June 25th.
“We have a strong, and renewed board; an energized, and dedicated staff; and a community of talented, caring teaching artists all ready to provide a student experience focused on creativity and service,” says Scurto-Davis. “I am honored to be part of this artistic family and thrilled to be able to engage together in strengthening the Center well into the future!”
Scurto-Davis, a Michigan native, has been hooked on the arts since his first junior high musical and successfully pursued a career as an operatic baritone for more than 20 years. His performance career included principle roles in some of the country’s most notable opera houses, including many with Opera Philadelphia.
He developed his financial and management expertise through positions at TechRocks, the Darlington Arts Center, Commonwealth Youth Choirs and the Asian Arts Initiative. Most recently, Scurto-Davis has served as adjunct faculty for La Salle University’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and as an instructor and consultant for The Nonprofit Center. Scurto-Davis holds a B.M. in vocal performance from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in arts administration from Drexel University.
During his role as Director of Finance and Operations, Scurto-Davis was responsible for all finance functions, as well as technology, human resources and physical plant. He is passionate about advancing the role of arts and culture in the national consciousness and has been committed to promoting nonprofits through enhanced education and management for more than 30 years.
Thomas was selected after an extensive six-month search led by the Board of Directors’ Executive Search Committee, who hosted numerous town halls and meetings with staff, students, teaching artists, and members, engaging the Center community in the search process.
“I’m pleased to introduce Thomas as our new Executive Director. As Interim ED over the past six months, he has worked tirelessly with our members, dedicated staff and the board to further the Center’s mission,” said Jim Dugan, President of the Board of Directors. “He has demonstrated his belief that our relevance lies in our proven ability to provide quality programs based in the needs of our membership and our larger community. His vision for our future is rooted in our long history and an understanding of our potential. We believe Thomas has the energy and enthusiasm to lead us into the future, to keep our organization sustainable and enable us to continue making art accessible for ours and future generations.”
Main Line Art Center is the community’s home to discover, create, and experience visual art. The mission of Main Line Art Center is to inspire and engage people of all ages, abilities, and economic means in visual art through education, exhibitions, and experiences. Committed to increasing the visibility and accessibility of art, the Art Center presents innovative exhibitions and events in the community. Main Line Art Center’s educational offerings for all ages, abilities, and economic means span from traditional to contemporary, and are all held to the highest level of excellence. In 2015, Main Line Art Center received the Commitment to Cultural Access Award from Art-Reach for the Center’s Accessible Art Programs for children and adults with disabilities. Additionally, the Art Center grants over $12,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Last year, Main Line Art Center engaged 21,000 people through classes, exhibitions, and Summer Art Camp, and touched the lives of over 78,000 through Exhibitions in the Community and festivals across the Philadelphia area. Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford, behind the Wilkie Lexus dealership just off of Lancaster Avenue. The Art Center is easily accessible from public transportation and offers abundant free parking. For more information, please visit www.mainlineart.org or call 610.525.0272.
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