Arts Center Working With Consultant to Consider Future Path

Published 07.07.2016


The Community Arts Center in Williamsport has engaged a consulting firm to help it assess its organizational structure and business processes moving forward.

Executive decisions at the Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, are currently the responsibility of longtime employee Dave Whitnack, who has been technical director at the facility since 2006 and was tour manager for Grammy Award-winning solo pianist George Winston for the decade prior to that. He also served as stage crew lead at the Arts Center from 1993-96.

“Dave’s wealth of experience in the industry and his familiarity with all processes at the Community Arts Center will serve him well in his appointment as operations director,” said William J. Martin, chairman of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

Dave WhitnackMartin added that the consultant will help determine the best organizational structure, best practices in the industry and the advisability of exploring other business ventures at the Arts Center.

The consultant is expected to report its findings to the Arts Center’s Board of Directors in early fall.

“The Community Arts Center’s mission will not change,” Martin said. “We are simply determining the best possible path forward for achieving long-term success.”

Questions about the Arts Center’s organization may be directed by email.

“I am honored the Board of Directors chose me to lead the Arts Center through this transitional period,” Whitnack said. “As a tour manager, I traveled to over 900 cities and concert venues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and I can say from that experience that the Community Arts Center is second-to-none, unique and original in its own form. It’s a true gem, and I am grateful to be in my hometown and working within its walls on a daily basis.”

Since opening in 1993, the Community Arts Center (the renovated former Capitol Theatre), has hosted acclaimed performers in events attended by nearly 1.5 million patrons.

The Arts Center also serves as home to community-based organizations such as the Uptown Music Collective, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Collegetown Gallery and local dance recitals.

In addition, the Arts Center has partnered with more than 250 local nonprofits and other organizations, providing fundraising assistance, meeting space, technical support and promotional considerations.