Introducing the Edmonton Arts Council’s new executive director, Paul Moulton…
Paul Moulton will lead the Edmonton Arts Council as its next executive director.
Commenting on the appointment, Anne Ferguson-Switzer, member of the EAC Board of Directors and the Executive Director Hiring Committee, said “We are looking forward to working with Paul. He brings with him a diverse and rich background in the arts and a strong record as a leader. Paul knows this community and has demonstrated his commitment to arts and culture in Edmonton in both his professional and personal life.”
Mr. Moulton’s career in the arts has taken him to theatres and academic institutions across Canada, but he cites Edmonton as home to many of his career highlights. Among these was the opportunity to serve as the inaugural facility director of the Winspear Centre when it opened in the fall of 1997. Paul was also the first board chair of the Edmonton Arts Council and recently completed 6 years as chair of the board for the CKUA Radio Network.
Paul spent the past four years as executive director for the Arts and Heritage Foundation (AHF) of St. Albert. This organization is responsible for the operation of St. Albert’s Public Art Gallery, Museum, and Heritage Sites. He left his position with the AHF at the end of 2012.
Mr. Moulton, who will officially join the EAC in early May, is enthusiastic about the opportunity. “I have admired and respected the Edmonton Arts Council since its inception and am both delighted and proud to be selected as its new executive director. The opportunity to work with such a fine board of directors and such an outstanding staff is exciting to say the least – I look forward to playing my part in continuing to support and promote the arts in Edmonton.”
The executive director hiring committee received dozens of applications for the position from arts professionals across the country. Ms. Ferguson-Switzer credits the EAC’s excellent reputation for the strong interest in the position. “The Edmonton Arts Council is known for the positive and respectful relationship that it enjoys with the arts community, city council and city administration. Edmonton is a city that loves the arts, and leading this organization is a rare opportunity.”
Paul Moulton takes over the position as executive director from John Mahon who has led the Edmonton Arts Council for the last 15 years. John will be pursuing other interests, including his activities as a musician and teacher.
“We could not have asked for a better leader for the Edmonton Arts Council,” said Nicole Reeves, chair of the EAC board. “John’s intelligence, commitment, and his ability to balance the needs today with the long-view have brought this organization and Edmonton’s arts community tremendous success. He is truly a unique talent.”
Paul Moulton will be the EAC’s third executive director since it’s formation in 1996. Josh Keller, the organization’s first executive director, held the position from 1996 – 1998. John Mahon has served as the organization’s executive director from 1998 – 2013.
To learn more about Paul Moulton and the role of the EAC’s executive director, please visit the Edmonton Arts Council website…