Highland Center for the Arts Appoints Annie Houston as Executive Director
The Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) has selected Annie Houston as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on January 22, 2018.
A Vermont native, Ms. Houston most recently served as Program Officer at Boston’s Massachusetts Cultural Council. Since starting this role in 2011, she has created annual spending plans and timelines for programs and created cross-program initiatives to boost the organization’s efficacy while fostering relationships between the state’s 43 designated cultural districts, municipal government, and local stakeholders. She also helped design and facilitate a cultural district designation renewal process, built local parent support networks statewide for arts education advocacy, and represented programs and agencies at local, regional, and national meetings. Additionally, Ms. Houston has held the roles as General Manager at The Boston Camerata and as Administrative Director, Youth Chamber Program at Craftsbury Chamber Players. She holds a bachelor of arts from University of Vermont and a master of science in arts administration from Boston University.
In making the announcement, Chairman of the Search Committee Rob Halpert said, “We were determined to find the best candidate to develop and implement HCA’s mission—to operate a welcoming venue for arts education, public assembly, and artistic expression in Northern and Central Vermont— and to expand on the incredible variety of programming and events that marked our successful first six months of operations…Annie brings an outstanding combination of broad experience in arts administration, local knowledge, and commitment to the communities we serve.”
“Having grown up in a rural setting with more cultural offerings than an outsider would expect, I envision the Highland Center for the Arts as a place that extends opportunities for residents and visitors alike to engage in the arts, and whose programs will complement and bolster efforts by other groups in the region,” said Ms. Houston. “It is a tremendous asset and has enjoyed a very successful summer and fall season. I look forward to building on that success.”
“ACG wishes Annie Houston all the best as she begins her tenure as Executive Director of the Highland Center for the Arts,” said ACG Vice President Jenna Deja. “Ms. Houston’s experience overseeing artistic and educational programming, her passion for fostering community engagement, and her local knowledge of the Greensboro area make her an ideal visionary leader for the organization. We are confident that she will bring the energy, passion, and appreciation for the arts that the HCA needs to become the leading performing, visual, and educational arts venue in Vermont.”