Marco Art League executive director resigns

Art League Executive Director Christine Neal addresses a standing-room only audience at a press conference and annual meeting held Tuesday night to unveil plans the 40-year-old art organization has developed to encourage more community participation, pay off debt and avoid mounting more debt.

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Art League Executive Director Christine Neal addresses a standing-room only audience at a press conference and annual meeting held Tuesday night to unveil plans the 40-year-old art organization has developed to encourage more community participation, pay off debt and avoid mounting more debt.

— The Board of Directors of the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts announced the resignation of Executive Director Christine Neal on Tuesday.

Neal, in a prepared statement, thanked the organization for the opportunity to serve the membership and community over the past six and a half years. She also expressed her thanks to utilize her skills and talents in a field that “is my passion,” per the prepared release issued Tuesday afternoon.

The resignation comes as Neal has made the decision to relocate back to Michigan.

As the organization is in the midst of major events, programming and organizational change, she will continue to serve in her current position through April 30 and is available as needed for a smooth transition, she said.

Since her tenure began, Neal has been instrumental in the Art League’s outreach to businesses and residents, acquiring awareness and support for the organization and its important role in the community, the Art League board reported in the release.

Neal attributes the accomplishments that have taken place during her tenure as the result of teamwork with the many committees and board members she has served with, she said.

Project Rescue is now a key force in raising funds to keep the doors of the Art League open. While Phase 1 of this campaign was kicked off in November, Neal has been assisting with the development of a new business model for the organization, to strengthen and secure its future.

“It is with sadness that the Art League will be searching to find a replacement for Ms. Neal. The Board will soon announce the appointment of a search committee to seek qualified candidates to fill the executive director position,” the release stated.

Neal continues to be supportive of the organization beyond the terms of her employment there.

“It has been my pleasure and privilege to work for the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. I wish the organization and its members much success as they continue to build for the future,” she said.

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Comments » 4

cmonmanreally writes:

Chris, you will be sorely missed! Your compassion for the arts is obvious, but your zest for life and the community will last in our minds forever. Thank you for the great things that you have done for the area. Best of luck to you and Charlie (you Happy Couple, you:). Love y'all.

RayPray writes:

Christine Neal always reminded me of "Joan of Art" Mondale.

Remember her?

Really orgasmic for every arts there was....

Did anyone ever read the semi-illiterate columns Christine Neal produced for the local papers?

Wow.

Bring back Rose Patterson!!

MarcoAvenger writes:

Christine you will be missed. Good luck to you an Charlie.

Johnnymarco49 writes:

This is big loss for Marco Island! We all wish the very best for you Christine.

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