East Meredith – Amy Helfand will take the reins of the West Kortright Centre this month according to an announcement from the nonprofit arts and community center in East Meredith. Helfand comes to the WKC from Brooklyn, with a background in studio art, performing arts administration, and community building. In 2012, she founded the House of Love house concert series in Red Hook, and has nurtured it into a thriving venue for local, national, and international musicians.
Helfand was also deeply involved with Miles of Music Camp, serving on its Advisory Board and managing a weekend camp in Brooklyn. Her own art practice has evolved into a decade-long collaboration with weavers in Nepal, who translate her designs into handmade rugs. Amy has a BA in American Studies from Hampshire College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Helfand will replace retiring director Martha Van Burek who over the past 35 years, has developed The West Kortright Centre into a model of high quality programming and institutional stability. She will be retiring after booking the 2018 performance season.