Our Staff

Connie Sullivan-BlumExecutive Director – Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum

Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum has spent her life hanging out with performers, painters, potters, and poets. While pursuing her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology, she came to the realization that art is a necessary component of the transformation of knowledge into empathy and connection with others. Connie has been the Executive Director of The ARTS Council since 2014. She previously served as its Folk Arts Coordinator. 607-962-1332 x204, [email protected]


Maria KennedyFolk Arts Coordinator – Dr. Maria Elizabeth Kennedy

In the grip of incurable wanderlust and fascinated by old stone walls, ancient hedges, and heritage apples and cheeses, Maria Kennedy set out to work her way across Britain on organic farms one summer and found the beginning of the road to paradise. Maria has completed a PhD in Folklore from Indiana University, focusing on agricultural heritage and environmental conservation practices around orchards and cider making. Read about her musings on landscape, cider, and rural heritage at 607-962- 1332 x206, [email protected]

Casey WinstonPrograms and Outreach Manager – Casey Winston

A lifetime of museum hopping and travel has led to Casey’s love of learning about peoples’ stories and how the things they left behind tell those stories. Eventually realizing that there were jobs out there where people regularly dealt in the world of stories and objects, Casey set out to attain her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Along the way Casey discovered that arts and culture are inherently connected to the stories of the past and of the present. A lover of stories, Casey does dabble a little in the world of make-believe by writing in her spare time. 607-962-1332 x208, [email protected]

Chris WaltersGrants Manager & Gallery Curator – Chris Walters

With a passport and camera among his most prized possessions, Chris Walters is a traveler and photographer whose service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and years living with his wife overseas have solidified his desire to examine and capture the world around him. With experiences around the world and across the United States, perhaps his proudest moment overseas came in Iceland where his 7 month old daughter received her first passport stamp. Experience the world as he sees it at 607-962-1332 x205, [email protected]




Member Services Assistant – Christina Johnson

Christina is from Johnstown, New York. She was awarded her BA in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam in 2006, an MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction followed in 2007. Christina completed an MFA in Studio Art at LSU in Baton Rouge in 2011. Christina has taught at Corning Community College, 171 Cedar Arts, and the Arnot Art Museum. She is an active member of the Corning Clionian Circle and maintains a studio practice, painting still-life objects in oils. In her spare time she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, Micah. To find out more about her art practice go to 607-962-1332 x207, [email protected].





Our Board of Directors

Board President: Leslie Mauro
Co-Vice President: David Hertel
Co-Vice President: Erin McMurrough
Secretary: Karen Epstein
Treasurer: Hedy Hou

Vani Akula
Allison DeDominick
Paul Dressen
James Galbraith
Michael Joseph
Beth Manwaring
Christy Nicholas
Joy Perry
Cynthia Raj
Andy Rochester