Southern Vermont Arts Center Hires New Employees
On the heels of hiring a new executive director, Anne Corso, in January, Southern Vermont Arts Center welcomes two new employees to leadership roles: Connie Blatchford as the deputy director for operations and external affairs, and Erin Kaufman as manager of education and programs. “I am delighted to welcome two talented professionals onto the team here at SVAC,” says Corso. “Both Connie and Erin bring exceptional skills, creativity and perspective to the organization and are exactly what we need to realize the new SVAC.” The team will help drive SVAC’s mission of promoting and nurturing the arts in the community and across the region.
Blatchford has experience in marketing, human resources, event planning and educational program administration. She was a member of the PowerWeek team implementing social media and marketing workshops for small business owners and nonprofit leaders in the Northshire. Prior to her consulting role with PowerWeek, she was marketing manager for JK Adams. She currently serves on the Board of The Dorset Equine Rescue and is a member of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation’s Northshire Regional Advisory Board.
Kaufman is an experienced educator for grades kindergarten through college. She holds teaching certifications in Art and English and has taught science as well. Erin holds a BA in English from Amherst College and an MEd from Lesley College, and has taught at the Bronx Preparatory Charter, Children’s Storefront and Brearley Schools in New York City, and at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass. She also served as adjunct professor of English at Southern Vermont College and as a freelance writer for the Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia University. She is a board member and volunteer for the Community Food Cupboard in Manchester.
SVAC, located in Manchester, strives to provide opportunities for local and regional artists, to introduce the wider community to artwork and performances of national relevance, and to engage diverse audiences. For more information, go to svac.org