Freeport, ME – June 10, 2021
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport (ACAF) has selected Dana Legawiec to be its new Executive Director. Ms. Legawiec is a nationally recognized community-based teaching artist and educator who is committed to the construction of inclusive creative communities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University. She is currently part of the faculty at Colby College and the University of Southern Maine Theatre Departments and founded the Theatre Program at Bowdoinham Community School. She is also an independent teaching artist for many schools and organizations in New England.
Ms. Legawiec believes passionately in the power of the arts to shape individuals and communities. To this end, she has forged relationships among schools, artists and community members to deepen learning and strengthen social connections through the arts. She looks forward to shepherding Greater Freeport’s artistic, social, educational, economic, and spiritual forces into ACAF’s next phase of growth. She will combine her superior academic qualifications and management experience with Fortune 500 companies to support ACAF as it moves forward with its mission to establish Greater Freeport as a destination for arts and culture. “I’m so excited to join this vibrant community at this pivotal moment; to invite more voices into conversation and explore how the arts can be accessed to promote positive change for all,” says Ms. Legawiec.
ACAF is excited to have Ms. Legawiec join its organization. “After reviewing a huge field of outstanding candidates, Dana stood out as the leader who meets all of ACAF’s requirements as we move forward with the opening of Meetinghouse Arts. Her experience integrating arts and culture in many communities, both here in Maine and on the West Coast, as well as her career interest in acting and directing, made her our ideal choice,” said Tom Saliba, Chairperson of ACAF’s Search Committee. Nancy Salmon, President of ACAF’s Board of Directors, echoes that excitement. “We look forward to Dana’s leadership. She brings an array of experiences in management and in creative and educational endeavors to her role as Executive Director. She has the skills and the maturity to help bring our new facility, Meetinghouse Arts, into its full potential, benefitting our community members, our visitors, and our town. Dana has demonstrated success in using the arts to promote community engagement and cohesion.”