After eight wonderful years working at New Urban Arts, I will be leaving at the end of this summer and moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where my husband Seth will attend the University of Michigan Masters Program in Social Work. I hope to find an exciting opportunity in Ann Arbor soon. There are many things that have played a part in this long labored decision, including a felt need to decrease the distance between our now 2½-year old son and his large and loving extended family back in the Midwest.
Though we are optimistic about our next chapter, we will dearly miss Rhode Island. To live on a street named Hope in a city named Providence has been like writing a poem – a blessed journey to share with each of you. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tyler, Jason, Tamara, and to everyone who has opened the path to be a part of the extraordinary community at New Urban Arts, one with expansive creative freedom and permission to risk glorious failure; one where it’s about you being you and that being the thing. It has been an incredible honor to witness Providence’s amazing pool of young people, artists, writers, educators, activists, designers, makers, seekers, doers and believers. You have been the best colleagues and mentors I could ask for. Your laughter, flexibility, forgiveness, bravery, innovation, commitment, generosity, and genuine compassion teach and refuel me everyday. Thank you.
NUA and its values will travel with me, and I hope the same is true for the connections I have made over the years. I hope to see many of you between now and the end of summer programs at New Urban Arts. My last day will be August 16. I look forward to our paths crossing in new and exciting ways unimagined yet. I also look forward to seeing NUA flourish and explore new territory under the direction of its next Director of Programs.
You will always be in my heart and on my mind.