Then came the unfortunate confluence of fires and floods – causing shortfalls in
donations and reducing local government support. SCA’s two main 2019
fundraising events were successes, but it was clear that without new fundraising
efforts to cover shortfalls, we’d continue to draw down our reserves.
The SCA Board took a frank look at our situation and decided we had too many
high salaried positions. We wanted to course correct but didn’t want our moves
to affect our wonderful programs, the heart of SCA.
We reorganized SCA staff into a smaller, more efficient number of employees. We
eliminated two high-salaried positions and with a few other changes were able to
reduce our annual expenses by nearly two hundred thousand dollars.
By promoting from within, we have created a smaller, more hands-on executive
staff. Our leadership team is now Catherine Devriese as Creative Director and,
working alongside Catherine, Una Glass as our CFO.
Catherine draws on her nine years of experience running the Visual Arts Program.
She is already developing a collaborative and creative SCA culture, offering a daily
inspiration for the SCA staff and volunteers. She is working closely with a freshly
motivated board. We are all very excited about our 2020 plans.
The SCA Board is committed to our artists and to providing superb, inspiring
creative experiences for the greater Sonoma County community. We hope you
agree and will join us for our February 29th event. And, if you haven’t become
members of SCA, please support us by signing up!
Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th 2-4 pm!
The Board of Sebastopol Center for the Arts,
Sally Baker, Timothy Near, Erica Phillips, Marsha Sue Lustig, Sue Labouvie, Lu
Frazier & Steve Wax