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Signe Friedrichs Named Council for the Arts Executive Director

Friedrichs takes the helm after previous Executive Director Vicky Dorman retires.

Local resident Signe Friedrichs will take over the position of executive director of the Council for the Arts of Herndon, the group announced earlier this month. 

"Her background, experience and knowledge will allow us to achieve new levels of visibility, success and community participation," the Council announced in its press release. "CAH is energized, focused and positioned for success in 2013 and beyond." 

"I look forward to helping the Council build upon its previous successes," Friedrichs said. "Access to the Arts is a key component in maintaining an engaged and active community. We look forward to continuing to provide arts scholarships, public artworks and access to local art and performances as well as innovative new programs and partnerships that will benefit the Herndon community."

Friedrichs is a 16-year resident of the Town of Herndon her educational and professional background is in the arts and non-profit management. 

She received a bachelor's in art history from Wellesley College and a master's in early modern European history from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CAH as executive director, Friedrichs served on the board of directors, and as the membership manager for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She also has experience in small business management, relationship management and a passion to to bring art, community and business together for the benefit of all. Friedrichs is a member of the Herndon Towne Square Singers as well as other local choral groups.

Grace Wolf, president of the CAH board of directors said, "The entire board of directors is pleased to have Signe sign on as our new executive director. She’s been an asset to the organization as a director and we look forward to having her grow our reach and create new partnerships that will keep the arts vibrant and a part of our daily lives in Herndon."

In the press release, Friedrichs expressed her thanks to the previous Executive Director, Vicky Dorman, for her assistance in the transition period. "Without Vicky’s leadership and help, I would be unable to come into this job at full speed," she said. 

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Ruth Tatlock December 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Congratulations, Signe! I'm always impressed with what this group has done with the concrete block house, now called ArtSpace. It amazes me that such a small town as Herndon can have so many interesting art activities as CHA has, drawing artists from a wide area in Northern Virginia. Signe will have a dedicated group to work with.

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