Letter: Byrnes pushed Bath arts center in new direction

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As the Chocolate Church Arts Center embarks on the 2014-2015 performance season, it is appropriate to publicly thank outgoing President Joe Byrnes for his support of CCAC.

A little over a year ago, CCAC was in dire financial straits and the community was threatened with the loss of its iconic arts center and the historic 1847 building we have occupied for almost 40 years. Joe stepped in with his own money and countless hours of effort that saved us from total loss.

After we hired Jennifer DeChant as our executive director last summer, she and Joe moved CCAC in a new direction, and focused our outreach and programming to a more community-based business model. Our upcoming season demonstrates that we are heading in the right direction with outstanding local and nationally known artists and performers.

The Board of Trustees wishes Joe fair winds and following seas in all his endeavors.

Matt Newberg, president
Chocolate Church Arts Center