HCA co-director Waldman to step down after 15 years with organization

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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts announced Thursday that co-director Kris Waldman has decided to leave the organization at the end of this year. Waldman has been with the HCA for 15 years, first as board chair and executive director of the Cultural Arts Alliance, then in her joint leadership of the HCA with Kelly Grill.

“When Kris first told me and our Board about her decision to move on, we were sad to learn this news, but understood it was borne of her yearning to expand her experiences and apply her creativity in new ways,” HCA chair Janet Ceddia wrote in a press release. “She explained that after much thoughtful consideration, she wants to reconnect to her own art and that this pandemic has stirred within her a desire to apply her creativity to help those most severely impacted, particularly on issues related to hunger. With such noble ambitions, we are thrilled for Kris and her next adventure. …

“Please join me in thanking Kris for all she has done to build the HCA into an inclusive and supportive community where people can explore and participate in the arts. We wish her much success in her future endeavors.”

Ceddia indicated Grill will serve as sole executive director of the HCA.

“We are confident that she will continue to develop our center and our community with much success,” Ceddia wrote. “Although Kris will be deeply missed, with Kelly and the seasoned HCA staff beside her, we expect a smooth transition. The organization emerges from 2020 stronger, wiser, and poised for still greater things.”
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