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Berks Art Council Resigns

May 13, 2011 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
Executive Director of Berks Arts Council Resigns

Reading, Pa., May 5, 2011- Chris Cannon, executive director, Berks Arts Council, has tendered his resignation, effective June 1, 2011, to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

"I have believed in and continue to believe in the Arts Council and the committed and passionate leadership displayed by the board of directors," said Cannon. Currently, Cannon has plans to join his family overseas.

"It is with great regret that life forces my decision. I look forward to seeing our initiatives and programs continue to grow and help the Berks artists as well as the community at large," said Cannon.

"We wish Chris all the best in his future endeavors. He brought a very positive energy to the Berks Arts Council and he will be missed," said Theodore Bassano, President, Board of Directors for Berks Arts Council.

Even in the face of recession when there has been a shift in charitable giving and government support for the arts and non-profit organizations, the Berks Arts Council has still fared remarkably well. Hard work by the board of directors coupled with Cannon's leadership has contributed to the ongoing success of this organization.

The Berks Arts Council continues to have a loyal support of art patrons and the Berks community, due in part to the organization's increased broad-based community events, such as the Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, Greater Reading Film Festival and this year's revival of the premier Pagoda Awards.

The Berks Arts Council's Jazz Fest is a prime example of a community initiative that continues to generate renewed interest and economic development opportunities each year. In fact, it is the top tourism attraction in Greater Reading and the community looks forward to next year's festival [March 23, 2012 - April 1, 2012], generating an estimated economic impact of almost $7 million during its 10 days.

The Board of Directors plans to begin the search for the executive director position. The Berks Arts Council is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Greater Reading. Each year, it presents the Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, Greater Reading Film Festival, the Pagoda Awards, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Re-Grant Program, and provides art exhibition and marketing opportunities for member artists. For more information, visit at

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