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St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy appoints Kirsten Burrall as managing director

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After 18 years of dedicated service, Sue Adams will step down as the operational head of St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, making way for a new Managing Director, Kirsten Burrall. Adams, who helped build the Academy into what it is today, described the experience as fulfilling, given the chance to work with an impressive staff and foster a nurturing environment for students and their families. The decision to create a full-time Managing Director role was approved by the St. Peter’s Vestry, and after an extensive search, Burrall, an art enthusiast with a rich background in program management, was selected.

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Burrall, a passionate advocate for accessible arts programming, brings a wealth of experience in the arts and educational sectors. With degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Hartwick College and a Master’s degree in Art History from Syracuse University, Burrall most recently founded Belle Historica, LLC, an appraisals service for fine art objects. She also spent twelve years at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, playing a critical role in the Advancement Offices and as the Program Manager for the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute.

Burrall is no stranger to the Academy, as all four of her children benefited from its programs, including Community Choirs, Piano Studio, The Ballet School, and Violin Studio. As the new Managing Director, she aims to support the faculty and vibrant arts programming, fostering their success while contributing to the Academy’s mission of providing high-quality arts education for all. She will formally assume her position at the end of August, though she will be familiarizing herself with the role throughout the summer.