OXFORD—The Executive Director of the Oxford Arts Alliance, Judy Petersen, publicly announced she will be retiring from the Alliance to continue with her passion as an artist. She announced her intended resignation to the Board in the fall. Board President Catharine Dann Roeber stated “the entire board and staff are so thankful for all Judy has done to ensure a growing and thriving Oxford Arts Alliance…we wish her the best as she pursues new and exciting endeavors and are thrilled she will continue as a vibrant partner of the arts in Oxford.” Petersen will fulfil her duties through the end of 2018. With a question of what is next, Judy responded, “I find I must follow my dream for art and our community”.
Petersen was a Board Member for the Alliance since 2012 and assumed the role of Executive Director for the last 18 months. “In the Executive Director role, it was my goal to create best practices and a new staff model” says Petersen. “The Alliance is celebrating 10 years and will continue to serve the community and grow with the Oxford art scene”.
The Alliance will be in good hands while the Board pursues its new director search. Tony Derrico, Director of Education, heads the Music and Art Academy and teaches private music lessons. Over 180 students take music and art lessons weekly through the Academy. Tony is also the Assistant Director for the Alliance. Caitlin Daughtery is Art Coordinator and continues to be a private art instructor. Bethany Shaw is Gallery Coordinator and also a private art instructor. The Alliance has 21 music and art instructors on staff.
“Along with the Alliance continuing to be a part of the growing art scene in Oxford, my goal is to bring our Touch of Earth studio to downtown along with a gallery” Petersen said. “Touch of Earth Studio…Make Memories, Leave Footprints…was created from our world travels and my love for children and elephants”. Petersen feels art is an important part of growth for children, a rewarding form of expression for adults, and an outlet of your inner self. “The creativity I see in each individual needs to be nurtured”.
Judy’s passion is to help make Oxford a destination for the arts. She will continue to be the liaison co-lead for the Connective Arts & Music Festival specifically Gallery Row and art demonstrators. The Connective is a fundraiser for two non-profits, Oxford Mainstreet and Oxford Arts Alliance. “2018 was a success and our 2019 Festival Event Committee is a group of staff and volunteers with energy, creativity and leadership” says Petersen. Mark your calendar for August 3, 2019.
“For my family, Oxford has become our hometown. This is a town that has uniqueness and people with passion. It is moving forward to become a destination for art, music, dining, entertainment and much more not only in Southern Chester County but the Tri-state area. I am very honored and excited to be a part of this movement”.