River Tree Arts, a prominent non-profit community arts center, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Dearing as its new Executive Director, effective March 4, 2024. With a strong background in arts management, fundraising and community relations, Sarah brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the community and the arts to River Tree Arts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to lead our organization into its next chapter,” said Paula Gagnon, President of the Board of Directors at River Tree Arts. “Her dedication to fostering creativity and community engagement aligns perfectly with our mission, and we are confident that they will guide River Tree Arts to great success.”

Sarah joins River Tree Arts from Vinegar Hill, where she was their Managing Director for over 5 years. In her new role, Sarah will oversee the organization’s operations, programming, and strategic direction, working closely with the board, staff, faculty, volunteers, and community partners to further River Tree Arts’ mission of bringing the joy and benefits of the visual and performing arts to everyone in our community.

“I am eager to contribute my expertise in cultivating positive relationships within the community and securing partnerships that align with RTA’s initiatives. The prospect of contributing to RTA’s growth, ensuring its financial stability, and playing a role in nurturing the creativity that permeates the organization every day is genuinely thrilling. It’s a special time for all of us and the organization.”

Sarah is an experienced leader in the arts industry with a strong track record in executive management, development, fundraising, and community engagement. She is skilled in fostering partnerships, is passionate about nurturing artistic talent, is committed to contributing to the enrichment of the local community and has proven successful in driving financial growth for organizations. All of this, coupled with her leadership skills and ability to execute our mission, makes her the ideal candidate to lead River Tree Arts into the future.

River Tree Arts is a non-profit community arts center dedicated to providing education in visual and performing arts for
individuals of all ages and backgrounds. At River Tree Arts, we believe the arts are crucial to the process of building
community and, therefore, we foster opportunities for people to come together to create, learn, and celebrate. River
Tree Arts is a qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.