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VCCA Welcomes New Staff

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts has added three new positions to its staff.

Emily Joseph was hired in September as Director of Individual Giving and is responsible for the development, implementation, and stewardship of the annual giving program and our spring fundraising event. Emily has over 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector, working for the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal in Greece and, most recently, as Senior Vice President at Amazement Square in Lynchburg. She has traveled extensively in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe and has professional experience as a potter, painter, and exhibition designer. A Lynchburg native, Emily received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado (Boulder).

Kirsten McKinney was recently hired as Director of Communications and will oversee the positioning of the VCCA and its programs within the international art world, the national and regional philanthropic community, and the loyal group of world-wide Fellows. Kirsten has spent over 20 years in higher education and has a background in graphic design, marketing, communications, and the nonprofit sector. Her professional experience as an “embedded reporter” with the University of Richmond’s music department took her on many international adventures, including Costa Rica, Colombia, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. Kirsten received her BFA in Theater Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MLA concentrating in 20th Century American art and culture from the University of Richmond.

In addition, Kimberley Stiffler has been promoted to Development and Program Associate. Kimberley has been with the VCCA for almost seven years and has done excellent work assisting with grants and community partnerships. In her new position, she will take a more active role in those areas.

Nestled in Amherst, Virginia, VCCA is one of the nation’s largest and best-known artists’ communities. As a working retreat for exceptional artists from around the world, VCCA provides them with meals, private rooms and private studios. In 41 years, VCCA has established an international network of thousands of Fellows, with over 400 coming to VCCA each year. Work done by VCCA Fellows garners local and international attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions and performances. They have been honored with just about every prestigious award there is, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the MacArthur “Genius Grant”.