February 21, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA. – Stephanie Flom has been named the next executive director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Alice Mitinger, president of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures board, announced today. Flom will join the organization on May 19, 2014.
“Stephanie has a wealth of experience in management, marketing, development and programming – all qualities that are absolutely essential in the role of leading Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s most notable literary arts organizations,” Mitinger said, adding “We are looking forward to working with Stephanie to further our mission of elevating the civic discourse by connecting world-class authors with our community.”
Since 2005, Flom has served as Executive Director of the Cooper-Siegel Community Library where she led its effort to raise $6 million to build a beautiful, state-of-the-art library in Fox Chapel, as well as to establish a branch library on Main Street in Sharpsburg. Concurrently, she has served as the executive director of the Boyd Community Center in O’Hara Township. Under her leadership, the Center was transformed into a thriving, sustainable organization. Flom raised nearly $7 million for the construction of the new Lauri Ann West Community Center, which is expected to get underway this spring.
Assuming the executive director role of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Flom returns to her roots in the Pittsburgh arts community. She served as founding director of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and as executive director of Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. As a Fellow in Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts, Flom launched the Persephone Project, a visual arts project that promoted gardening as a contemporary art and resulted in art installations throughout the city.
Says Flom, “My career path has been led by my passion for the arts and dedication to bringing the arts to the community. Literature is perhaps the most accessible art form, yet reading is a solitary experience. When audiences come together at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ programs, to hear an author read and speak about his or her work, the literary experience is elevated and community is created. There is a palpable energy that vibrates through the hall. I could not be more thrilled to become a part of this important, dynamic organization.”
Flom succeeds Jayne Adair, who is retiring in May after seven years with the organization. “With the programming Jayne has developed, we have reached many new audiences and with her leadership, the organization has achieved a position of sustainability,” Mitinger added.
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures was founded as a non-profit literary arts organization in 1991. Its mission is to connect world-class authors and their work with local readers of all ages and backgrounds and by doing so, to elevate the quality of civic discourse in the local community.
Now in its 23rd season, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ LITERARY EVENINGS MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES is an annual series of ten literary lectures in Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust. The organization also produces two literary series in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main, a free series of book talks and readings, and PA&L Kids & Teens, featuring acclaimed authors of books for children and teens. Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures also presents selected events featuring popular writers for general audiences to encourage an ongoing interest in the lifelong pursuit of reading.