In Tuesday’s (6/2) San Jose Mercury News (California), Brian Babcock writes, “The new Montalvo Arts Center executive director is wasting no time putting her stamp on the nonprofit arts organization. Angela McConnell has spent her first couple of weeks on the job spreading the word that Montalvo wants to be a part of the local community and hopes that the community will embrace it in return. Known in the past as a wedding destination and a place to watch popular artists live in concert, Montalvo took a ‘breather’ for the past few years and mainly focused on its residency program and delved deep into multimedia art. McConnell openly says that there most likely have been people in the community who may have felt alienated by Montalvo’s direction in the past few years … ‘As an arts organization, we have a responsibility to not limit our vision to appeal to just a certain constituency group that is well versed in art.’ … All these changes McConnell wants to put into place come only three years before Montalvo will celebrate its 100th anniversary.”

Posted June 5, 2009