Springville Center for the Arts is going through some changes. For many years the Executive Director, Seth Wochensky, was the only employee. Thanks to support from the John R. Oishei Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts, the Center recently hired two additional employees.
Liz Bligh will coordinate the Center’s theater, concert, workshop, exhibit and other arts programs as the new Programming Director. Bligh is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Music Therapy. While at Fredonia she was the President of Music Therapy Club and Sigma Alpha Iota. Liz recently played bass in the SCA production of The Santaland Diaries but her connection to the Arts Center dates to her childhood with “Paper Mache Monsters” and “Clay Creatures” workshops at the original Main Street space. She performed in many summer SLAM productions on the Mongerson Theater stage. She is familiar to many as an employee at Sheret Jewelers, owned by her sister, Elise Rose.
Tracy Maybray will manage the Center’s finances, volunteers and facility as a part-time Director of Operations. She first became involved with the Center through her daughter, Amanda’s participation in summer programs. She began volunteering at the annual Gala and then joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
While on the Board she took an active role in coordinating volunteers especially during the major construction of basement bathrooms at 37 N. Buffalo Street.
She has a background in graphic design and is reentering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years. She is active with the First United Methodist Church’s Manna Ministry, which provides meals to those in a time of crisis.
Board President Debbie Ehrig, M.D. explained the transition, “This staff expansion is going to provide a significant boost to the quality and quantity of our programs. Liz and Tracy will give more support to our volunteers and allow the Executive Director to focus on development and new initiatives such as our project at 5 East Main Street.”