Arts Council names new director

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— An Arkansas native with an extensive background in the arts and nonprofit organizations has been named the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Marion Kahn will assume her new role later this month.

"I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have this opportunity," Kahn said in a news release. "I love Steamboat Springs. The SSAC board is positive and energized. The staff is highly talented. I see no limit to the things we can accomplish for the benefit of this great community."

Kahn most recently ran Marion Kahn Communications, a marketing public relations firm for corporate clients such as Delta Air Lines. She also has worked at National Geographic and was the editor of a national legal journal on land development law. She was a press secretary during Gen. Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential campaign, and she has written and co-produced a number of documentaries.

Her arts and nonprofit experience includes work as a theater critic, actress and model as well as editor of national publications for The Garden Club of America. She helped develop organizations such as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Alliance and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

"We are thrilled to have Marion for this position," SSAC Board President Katy Kriz said. "Her past experience and vision for the future made her a clear choice.

"We think she will be a real asset to our organization and to the arts community."

In addition to having family ties to Steamboat, Kahn is an accomplished tennis player and active in Rotary International.

The Arts Council will hold a reception to introduce Kahn at a later date.

The Arts Council, established in 1972, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to art and cultural programming. It serves as an adviser and advocate for more than 30 local arts organizations. For more information, call Kriz at 291-9229.

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