Waterfall Arts Executive Director Martha Piscuskas, a co-founder of the community arts organization, is stepping down from her position for personal reasons effective in February. Piscuskas, who has been with Waterfall Arts since its inception, said, “Waterfall has been a wonderful part of my life and identity for the past 20 years. I raised my kids in and around both the Montville and the Belfast sites, and made lots of art here myself. I helped start Waterfall Arts because I wanted a local source for art instruction and community, and I got that back in spades. Our dedicated staff will carry on the excellent programming and transformative user experience this community has come to expect.”  

With Alan and Lorna Crichton, Piscuskas helped to found the original Waterfall Arts in the Kingdom neighborhood of Montville. Founding Director Alan Crichton, currently chair of the Waterfall Rising Capital Campaign, said, “For over two decades, Martha has been both a close friend and a respected colleague. I’ve been enriched by her understanding of both art and nonprofit organizations and her strong leadership of Waterfall Arts. We truly would not be where we are today without her knowledge, skill and care. I know that her dedication to the organization will continue through her ongoing participation in the Waterfall Rising Capital Campaign.” 

Over the next few months, the Waterfall Arts board of directors will be conducting a search to find the new executive director. A job announcement is posted at www.waterfallarts.org. Review of applications will begin January 31.

There will be a public celebration of Piscuskas’s time with Waterfall Arts on Friday, January 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the opening reception for “In House,” the annual show of work by Waterfall Arts staff, teachers, volunteers, and artists with studios in the building.  

Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.