Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne received more than 40 applications from people interested in becoming its next leader, said Andy Boxberger, chairman of the arts organization's board of directors.
The search committee seeking to fill the job of president of Arts United planned to meet Wednesday to review the applications, Boxberger said. He hoped they could make initial contact with the committee's top candidates by next week or the following week.
“We are pleased we got 40 resumes,” Boxberger said. “There are a lot of good possibilities in these candidates.”
The applicants include both local and regional residents as well as some from around the country, he said.
Arts United started its search process after announcing Aug. 9 that former Executive Director Jim Sparrow had accepted a job as president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina, effective Sept. 20.
While preparing to post the local job vacancy, Arts United changed the title to president to reflect how the job is viewed nationally in the arts world, Boxberger said in September. Applications were due Sept. 27.
Boxberger hopes Arts United can select its next leader by early December so the person can start work around Jan. 1.
Arts United works to develop, coordinate and support arts and cultural organizations and programs in northeast Indiana. It also owns and operates the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.; Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.; and Hall Center for the Arts, 437 E. Berry St.
Boxberger said construction is on schedule and within budget for the new $1.6 million ArtsLab black box theater being added to the Auer Center. The theater should be completed by early December.
The project involves adding 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of space to the Auer Center and renovating 2,000 to 3,000 square feet of existing space for dressing rooms and other uses, Arts United announced previously.
The space is designed to accommodate innovative artistic programming, including small theatrical productions, music and dance performances, temporary art exhibits, and educational programs, Arts United has said.
The design includes an overhead technology grid for sound and lighting, as well as chairs that can seat 200 people or can be removed or set up in any number and configuration.