New Executive Director Selected for Bower Center for the Arts

DATE: 23rd December, 2017 Contact: Kim Soerensen (434) 610-5447 New Executive Director selected for the Bower Center for the Arts.

Effective 4th December 2017, a new Executive Director takes on the position at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, VA. After a national search and evaluation of a range of candidates, the Bower Center for the Arts has selected Kim Soerensen as its new Executive Director. With over twenty years of success in business, creative design, the arts and museum industries, public relations and non-profits, Kim brings a new level of expertise to the Bower Center. . “We were very fortunate to have so many capable individuals interested in the Executive position at the Bower Center,” said Des Black, chair of the search committee. Kim’s art related achievements, combined with her collaborative spirit and skills in non-profit management, business, and strategic planning make her ideally suited to strengthen our organization, and engage and motivate our community.” Kim Soerensen is an advocate of the local arts and an entrepreneur, who has been featured in publications including the New York Times and Oprah Magazine.

As a dedicated volunteer championing Central Virginia’s creative community, she has been leading the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities since June of 2015. Recent projects included the award-winning exhibit “through the eyes of the homeless”, innovative and creative educational programs for artists like “Arthrive” and collaborative programs throughout Central Virginia including “Cultivate Amherst”.

Under the guidance of Kim Soerensen since 2016, Riverview’s Artspace in Lynchburg has grown to be a thriving arts and cultural hub. Kim was recently nominated for the “50 for 50 Arts inspiration Award”, celebrating 50 years of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. “The Bower Center for the Arts is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds and provides inspiration. The concept has grown from an idea to be a downtown anchor for the arts, a significant part of our creative community through leadership with insight, imagination, and intelligence” said Bill Blewitt, President of the Board. “Kim Soerensen has the background and experience to continue our growth and foster the Bower Center into the future and extending its reach.” The Bower Center plays a vital role in stimulating society and lifting quality of life in the region. The arts overall have a crucial impact on our economy, fosters creativity, cultural intelligence and deepens our collective sense of humanity”, says Kim Soerensen. “It is a tremendous honor to join the Bower Center for the Arts at this moment in its distinguished history. I look forward to leading the organization’s talented staff and to working with its dedicated Board and the many supporters and volunteers. We will focus on the center’s strengths to build its momentum by sustaining a creative, contemporary arts laboratory, developing strong relationships with the diverse community of the town of Bedford and the Central Virginia region, expanding programs, opportunities, and to encourage visitors to experience all forms of art while ensuring sustainability for years to come”. A reception will be held at the Bower Center on ­­­­­­­January 6th 2018 at 6.30 PM to welcome the new Executive Director.


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