The board of trustees of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center has contracted with Sandor “Sandy” Cohen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to become the museum’s new executive director.
“We are pleased to have received so many applications from very qualified candidates, both locally and nationally,” board president Karen Russell said. “It was a difficult decision but we are confident that Sandy, with the support of our staff, board and community, has the ability to take us to the next level in our strategic planning.”
Cohen, who most recently served as director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico, was one of three finalists recently interviewed by the board. Cohen’s other museum positions include director of the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, and assistant director of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. He holds a master of arts degree from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Towson State University in Baltimore, Md.
Cohen and his wife, Debbie, will be relocating to Wenatchee and he will begin his new post no later than June 15. He fills a position vacated by Brenda Abney in December. Jim Russell has served as the museum’s interim director during the candidate search.
Lynn Bourton of Diversified Human Resource Consulting was hired by the museum to oversee the recruitment process. Staff and board members were involved in interviews, and a public reception was held at the museum so that community members and stakeholders could meet the final candidates.
The national touring exhibit “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of the Traditional Arts” will open Friday, May 1, at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. It recognizes exceptional folk artists through art objects, photographs, videos and interactive media.
“The exhibit presents a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identities and communities,” said Jill Linzee, director of Northwest Heritage Resources, which is co-presenting the exhibit with the museum.
Five live programs associated with “Extraordinary Ordinary People” will take place at the museum May 15, 22, 30, June 5 and 12. They include three concerts, folk poetry, and a presentation on cowboy and Indian culture of Eastern Washington.
Admission to the museum is free all day, with a reception being held from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Wenatchee First Fridays art walk program. The museum is located at 127 South Mission Street in Wenatchee. For more information call (509) 888-6240 or visit www.wvmcc.org.
While the foothills of the Wenatchee Valley are ablaze with spring bloom and headlines tout the opening of hiking trails from seasonal closures, too many kids are staying inside with eyes glued to video screens. The Chelan Douglas Land Trust, sponsors of the Wenatchee Valley Environmental Film Series’ April 21 screening of “Mother Nature’s Child,” recognizes the need to get kids engaged in the outdoors and is doing something about it.
“We are launching a new program this spring focused on getting kids outside and learning about nature,” said Sharon Lunz, Communications & Development Director for the Land Trust. “By making it easier for families to visit lands close to home that the Land Trust has helped protect, we hope to bring the benefits of natural areas to a wide cross-section of our community.”
Land Trust staff will be on hand before and after the 7 p.m. screening of Mother Nature’s Child at the Wenatchee Valley Museum to talk about their “Kids and Nature Connections” program designed to provide events and outings in the Wenatchee foothills tailored to families. Mother Nature’s Child poignantly addresses the value of outdoor experiences for children. The benefits include: greater physical activity, better peer relationships, greater awareness of nutrition, decreased susceptibility to learning disorders, increased creativity, and ability to think critically
The series is presented by Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Trust for Public Land and the Chelan Douglas Land Trust. Screenings are free but a $5 donation is suggested.
For more information call 888-6240 or visit www.wvmcc.org.