Elaine McKenna-Yeaw has had an eventful first year leading the Worcester Center for Crafts. Amid a global pandemic, WCC has continued to fulfill its mission of supporting and connecting the community through craft. You can browse the online gallery store from home at https://www.worcestercraftcenter.org/gallery-store.
Can you start by telling me about your career trajectory and what led you to the Worcester Center for Crafts?
I’ve been in nonprofit administration for about 30 years. I started a nonprofit visual and performing arts center in Rhode Island called Artists Exchange, which is still running. When my husband and I were considering moving to Massachusetts, I looked to see if there was something comparable because I loved my old job. Sure enough, I saw the listing at Worcester Center for Crafts; I applied and the rest is history. That was about a year ago.
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