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Wayne Center for the Arts Names Executive Director

WOOSTER, OH (May 31, 2019) -- The Wayne Center for the Arts (WCA) is pleased to name James Fox as its new Executive Director. Fox is a lifelong artist, student and administrator with over twenty years of experience in various non-profit environments.

“We are thrilled to have been able to attract a great executive like James to the Wayne Center for the Arts. He is perfect for the role and is a true advocate of our mission to enrich lives and strengthen the community through art,” stated Vikki Briggs, Chairman of the board.

Fox studied music education at the University of Nevada where he performed in the University Symphonic Band, marching band, jazz ensemble, chorus, orchestra and numerous small group ensembles (trumpet and voice). In addition to his musical pursuits, Fox acted with the Nevada Repertory Company and at Shakespeare on the River. He enjoys painting, woodworking and ceramics.

Fox lived in St. Louis for twelve years where he attended graduate school at the University of Missouri. He earned a Master of Education in Community Counseling with a specialization in child, adolescent and family therapy. While in St. Louis Fox began focusing on nonprofit administration, working in emergency shelter care, residential treatment, therapeutic schools, addiction treatment, and community-based youth and family services. He has extensive experience in program development, grant writing, training and teaching. Fox served on the board of directors for the South City Open Studio and Art Gallery and opened a community café and art gallery in a developing St. Louis neighborhood. The café featured a revolving emerging artist gallery and a vibrant performance series of local and traveling acts. Fox was a member of the Greenleaf Singers, an early music ensemble that produces madrigal dinners and a community concert series.

Fox and his family moved to Wooster in 2008 when his wife, Stephanie, accepted a faculty position at the College of Wooster. He has become an engaged member of the Wayne County community working in the government sector and volunteering as a coach and administrator for the Wooster Soccer Association. He has three children, Tyler, Aiden and Abigail, who all attend the Wooster City Schools.

“I’m very excited to support the outstanding foundation and history of Wayne Center for the Arts. There are a lot of exciting opportunities for program development, and enhanced participation from the entire Wayne County community,” stated Fox. “I welcome the community to take advantage of WCA. We have a wonderful staff and programming for all levels and ages.”


About Wayne Center for the Arts

Wayne Center for the Arts, www.wayneartcenter.org, established in 1973, is located at 237 S. Walnut Street, Wooster, Ohio. Enrollment for summer camps and classes is underway currently. Information can be found online.