Good luck, Mr. Anderson

News that Justin Anderson has been hired as new executive director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts is good news indeed, and hopefully bodes well for the organization.

Before taking the job of executive director of MACA, Anderson worked at the Souris Valley Humane Society as its director of Communications and Development. He graduated from Minot State University with a master’s in theater history and was heavily involved with the theater and choir during his time there. Over the years he has worked with theaters in Illinois and in Indiana, teaching humanities and theater at universities there as well. In Minot he has been involved with the Heritage Singers and the Mouse River Players.

Anderson’s lifelong appreciation of the arts, his diverse experience in arts and culture and his profile in the community all made him a strong candidate for the position. Those who know him know his is smart, creative and engaging. As the Council’s lone employee and being tasked with all aspects of running the organization, Anderson’s abilities will be tested – and tested fast and consistently.

In fact, there have probably already been tests.

MACA needs an infusion of energy and ideas. An umbrella organization for Minot’s arts groups, MACA works to promote events and other activities happening with the members of the council – from plays to the International Artist series and the symphony concerts to galleries and more.

The mission of MACA is “to support and advance the full range of arts for all ages and abilities.”

At times in recent years, Minot would have benefited from enhanced cooperation and communication between arts and culture organizations.

Anderson has many things in the works to help make a stronger arts community in Minot and also to better promote the rich arts community the Minot area has – but with which some still might be unfamiliar.

“North Dakotans don’t often brag, but this job has become me bragging for everyone else in the arts community,” Anderson told MDN this week. “The art community has a lot to offer and is well worth the bragging.”

Good luck, Mr. Anderson – Minot has high hopes for you in your new role.

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