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Longtime Vashon Center for the Arts Executive Director, Molly Reed, to Retire

A show opens. The show goes on. And the day comes when the show closes. After a run of eleven years, Molly Reed, the Executive Director of Vashon Center for the Arts has announced her plans to retire.

Molly started her career as founding Managing Director in the early days of Seattle Children’s Theatre. She later held marketing positions in broadcasting and banking, including serving as V.P. of Community Relations for U.S. Bank, where she advocated for non-profit groups. In 1997, she returned to her roots and rejoined Seattle Children’s Theatre as Chief Development Officer, lending her funding expertise to raise $7.4 million to build the Allen Family Technical Pavilion, adjacent to Seattle Center’s Charlotte Martin Theatre. In 2006 she joined what was then known as Vashon Allied Arts as its Executive Director.

Says Denise Katz, President of the Board of Trustees, “I asked Molly the other day what she was most proud of. She said, ‘Of course our fabulous new Katherine L White Hall. But even more than that I’m proud of our amazing staff, the fabulous programming, the more than 120 classes we offer every year, and the level at which we are able to fund arts scholarships on Vashon. We have come a long way and most importantly we have laid a foundation for many years to come.”

Along with Karin DeSantis, Katz will be leading the search for a new Executive Director.

Says, Katz, “We are so thrilled for Molly and what’s next, and yes, more than a little sad that we won’t see her nearly so often.”