PCA executive director exits after less than a year

Piedmont Council of the Arts announced Gram Slaton's departure earlier this week.  He joined the organization in January 2015.  Image: Martyn Kyle Piedmont Council of the Arts announced Gram Slaton’s departure earlier this week. He joined the organization in January 2015. Image: Martyn Kyle

On Tuesday, November 10, Piedmont Council for the Arts announced that executive director Gram Slaton will leave his current position effective November 15. The PCA Board of Directors hired Slaton in January.

In May, Slaton was quoted in C-VILLE Weekly, saying that he hoped to avoid “constantly losing all institutional knowledge” through staff turnover at PCA. He also proposed a two-year timeline for his efforts in reimagining the ad hoc local arts council and its services to the local population.

His major achievements at PCA include the creation of an advisory board of 20- and 30-somethings, known as the 2030 Board, as well as collaborations with the city such as the upcoming Arts Pitch Night with Energize!Charlottesville on November 19.

Given the lack of an immediate replacement for the leadership role, it remains to be seen how this staff turnover will effect the small nonprofit’s continued efforts to implement the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan. However, the PCA Board of Directors reports that a search for Slaton’s replacement is already underway.

 

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