Amazing Things Arts Center's Board of Directors announced Friay founder and executive director Michael Moran, will retire at the end of 2012.
"It was Michael Moran's vision that inspired us to establish this beautiful venue in the heart of downtown Framingham. Under his leadership, Amazing Things has a healthy balance sheet; a reach of 10,000+ households; a member base of 400+ families; is powered by 190 volunteers; produces 320+ shows annually in both visual and performing arts; and is home to a loyal base of performers and arts enthusiasts," said Roger Sturgis, incoming Board Chair-Elect.
Moran's vision was the cornerstone of the Amazing Things mission to create a vibrant community where people from diverse backgrounds could meet, understand and accept each other.
A mission that has engaged and been fully embraced by the board of directors, patrons and the arts community at large. "We are extremely proud of our accomplishments as an organization," said Sturgis. "We are grateful to Michael for building a much needed bridge to the arts and for his tireless contributions to the organization and community."
The Board of Directors has conducted an extensive search for a candidate to succeed Moran and will announce their final selection by the first of the year.
Sturgis reinforced how important it is for the Board to select a successor who will continue the Amazing vision of creating and promoting community through the arts.
Moran has agreed to work with the Board to insure a thoughtful transition once a final candidate is selected.
Farewell remarks will be made at the upcoming annual member Zing Fling party at Amazing Things on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Amazing Things Arts Center was founded in 2004 by Moran after parting from the Center for Arts in Natick, another organization he founded and established as a meaningful arts venue.
Board member Bob Madzar said "many patrons, members, supporters and volunteers enthusiastically embraced Moran's decision to extend the reach of this vision to Framingham and the larger MetroWest community."