It appears that CultureWorks, the local non-profit arts advocacy organization, has found a new leader after the departure of former president John Bryan.
Style received the below press release this morning and will have reporting on this development and what it means for the future of the organization to follow:
"CultureWorks, the Richmond Region’s champion for arts and culture, announces the selection of Scott Garka as its new President. Garka will fill the vacancy created by founding President John Bryan’s retirement in September 2014. The selection was made after an extensive national search and selection process.
Mr. Garka will officially assume this new role on January 20, 2015. “We are pleased to announce this appointment,” reported James Rothrock, Commissioner, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and CultureWorks Board Chair. “The CultureWorks Board was impressed with Scott’s unique combination of passion for arts and culture and proven skills in leadership and management. We are confident he will bring the leadership and creativity needed to steer CultureWorks through its next phase and build upon the successes of our organization’s first five years.”
Mr. Garka shared, “The Richmond region has a rich arts and culture history, one that has grown significantly in recent years. I am looking forward to supporting that continued growth by collaborating with the many diverse arts and culture organizations in our area as well as our community and business partners, for the benefit of the entire region.”
Mr. Garka is currently the Senior Director for Consulting Services with VHQC (formerly Virginia Health Quality Center). He has extensive leadership experience with a reputation for driving results across diverse teams through action-oriented collaboration. Prior to VHQC, he worked for Capital One Financial Corporation and Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Garka holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia, holds a certificate in Fundraising and Development through the University of Richmond, Institute on Philanthropy, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia.
In addition to his established leadership experience Mr. Garka is deeply involved with the Richmond Region’s arts and culture community. He currently serves as Board Member, Development Chair and Treasurer for the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and performs locally with the Chamberlayne Actors’ Theater, Henrico Theater Company, Monument City Music and St. Michael’s Players."