Southampton Center, a multi-disciplinary arts center located at 25 Jobs Lane (in the former Parrish Art Museum) in the heart of Southampton Village, announced this week it has hired Michele Thompson as its first director.
Thompson comes to Southampton Center from the 92nd Street Y where she is director of adult education and the arts at 92Y and former director of 92Y Tribeca. Thompson will lead the organization in all areas including day-to-day operations, management, programming, development, and serve as liaison with visiting artists and community members.
“Southampton Center will be the heartbeat of the Village for years to come and will continue to be a driving force for economic and cultural growth in our community,” said Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley.
“We are thrilled to have found Michele to lead Southampton Center, “ said Whitney Stevens, co-chair of Southampton Center’s board of directors. “Michele’s deep knowledge and experience in building a new organization, marketing, and development will be integral to our continued success.”
“Southampton Center has the potential to be a real force in arts and culture on Long Island’s East End as well as a warm cultural hub for the village,” said Thompson. “I look forward to being a part of shaping this emerging institution and leading its growth. Having spent part of the last several years in the community around Little Fresh Pond, I am delighted to have the opportunity to deepen my roots as a year-round resident of the East End.”
Southampton Center will host a welcome reception for Thompson on Saturday, February 1 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit southamptoncenter.org.