Fairmount Center for the Arts named Elizabeth Bolander as its new executive director. She brings 15 years experience as an arts administrator, having most recently worked as Senior Director of Philanthropy and External Relations at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
“I feel so honored and privileged to be able to serve the community in this way,” Ms. Bolander told the Times. “A place like Fairmount – it’s a little piece of home; our art castle, if you will. It’s wonderful to be a part of the team and help continue to foster our connections that we’re working on creating in our community and serve families and our seniors as best as we can.”
In her most recent position, Ms. Bolander held increasingly senior roles in marketing, fundraising, and ticketing operations. She also previously worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Ms. Bolander is settling into her new position and getting to know the team as Fairmount prepares for summer camps beginning in June. She is looking forward to the new theater- and dance-intensive programs being offered to different age groups this year.
“It’s so delightful to see kids engaging in all forms of artistic expression,” Ms. Bolander said about the camps, which offer children experiences in music, dance, and visual arts. “We’re looking forward to continuing to improve and finding more ways of bringing the arts to as many people as we can.”
Fairmount is planning its next art exhibition for August. Last year, there were more than 300 submissions.
“We’re looking forward to seeing even more of that and bringing even more people in to see all of these great local artists’ work,” Ms. Bolander said. “Just the idea of filling the place with things people have created will be beautiful to see.”
Finally, the Fairmount 500 raffle will be returning later this year with a $15,000 top prize.
“Lots of interesting things are happening at Fairmount over the next couple months,” Ms. Bolander said. “We hope to see as many members of the community here as possible.”
Ms. Bolander has lived in Solon since 2012. She grew up in Massachusetts and lived in Cincinnati before accepting a role at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2009. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Miami University and her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.
She is especially interested in the visual arts.
“I’m one of those people who loves the arts through and through,” Ms. Bolander said.