Announcing Our New Executive Director
East Palo Alto, CA., November 13, 2017–EPACENTER ARTS is pleased to announce the appointment of Nadine Rambeau as Executive Director, beginning December 2017. Rambeau comes to EPACENTER ARTS from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she was Managing Director of the arts and community engagement division for seven years. As EPACENTER ARTS’ first Executive Director, Rambeau will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the creation of programming and community engagement, and for guiding the organization through the construction and the opening of the center, which is slated for completion in 2019.
“We are delighted to announce Nadine Rambeau as the first Executive Director of EPACENTER ARTS,” says John Goldman, co-founder of the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic partner. “Nadine brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and an understanding of the intersection of community and the arts to this important role. We are thrilled to have her leadership during this milestone phase of the organization.”
In keeping with EPACENTER ARTS’ community-driven approach, the selection process, led by executive search firm Walker and Associates, engaged East Palo Alto youth, residents, and community advisors. Notes Sharifa Wilson, EPACENTER ARTS search committee member and currently president of the Ravenswood School District Board of Education, “We are all very excited about the next chapter for EPACENTER ARTS. Nadine’s highly qualified expertise and experience is exactly what we need to move us to the next level. She wholeheartedly supports the organization’s commitment to giving young people a platform and resources to use their creativity as a driver of personal and social change.”
Employing art to bring families and cultures together, EPACENTER ARTS offers a variety of programs in the visual, digital, and performing arts. The organization’s new building, an estimated 21,000-square-foot structure to be located at the corner of Bay Street and Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto, will include classrooms, artist studios, presentation galleries, a theater, and other flexible-use community spaces designed to foster creative empowerment in East Palo Alto’s youth.
“I couldn’t be more proud to join the inspiring work of EPACENTER ARTS as it continues its commitment to the youth of East Palo Alto,” says Rambeau. “The arts are a crucial part of East Palo Alto’s vibrant identity. I look forward to working with this great cultural community on enriching young lives through the arts and ensuring the arts remain a vital part of a city so many call home.”