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Welcome to town, Chuck Still; now show us ‘more’

“More variety, and more.”

That’s what Chuck Still said he plans to bring to the Community Arts Center in his new role as its executive director.

In fact, he told the Sun-Gazette that it just might be his mantra.

Looking at his experience, it’s apparent that he just might be the person to bring more excitement and creative uses to the jewel in Williamsport’s downtown that is the Community Arts Center.

In his most recent position, Still was the founding executive director of the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, a cultural center for small and mid-sized arts organizations. That center boasts four performance spaces and a gallery and hosts thousands of events put on by hundreds of groups and individuals in the Houston area.

Before Houston, Still was the founding executive director of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, a small performing arts center that puts on more than 200 performances a year in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It also features a small museum.

Prior to that, he was executive director of Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, where he successfully led a $21.3 million capital campaign to renovate the theater.

Just a few short decades ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology undertook a fundraising campaign of similar magnitude to transform what was the old Capitol Theater into today’s Community Arts Center.

One thing has been clear from the beginning: an executive director who is open to the entire community brings life and celebration of a different magnitude to the local venue.

We feel good about the possibilities that the board’s selection of Still portends. We look forward to seeing what he will produce, how his creativity will play out on the local stage, and the direction the local venue will take under his leadership.

Welcome to Williamsport, Chuck Still. We can’t wait to see “more.”

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