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Director to depart Water Street Studios in Batavia

Danielle Hollis stepping down in June

Danielle Hollis
Danielle Hollis

BATAVIA – Water Street Studios in Batavia announced the upcoming departure of Executive Director Danielle Hollis, with an anticipated transition date in June, a new release stated.

Hollis and Jessica Breugelmans, board president, will work with the board of directors and staff to ensure a smooth transition, according to the release.

“On behalf of the Water Street Studios Board of Directors, I want to offer our sincere congratulations and best wishes to Dani on this exciting next step for her family and in her career," Breugelmans stated in the release. "Having worked closely with Dani, I was lucky enough to see first-hand her enthusiasm, hard work and commitment to our mission of supporting the arts in the Fox Valley region and beyond.”

Thanks to Hollis's leadership and the hard work of staff and dedicated volunteers, Water Street Studios has grown from a $200,000 volunteer-driven organization to a $450,000 award-winning art center with four full-time employees, six part-time instructors, and more than 20 volunteers during her tenure, the release stated.

Most recently, in celebration of the organization's 10th anniversary, 10 public-art murals were announced to help 10 nonprofits market their programs to those in need while supporting artists, promoting the arts and helping make downtown Batavia a more beautiful place to visit.

“It is with an enormous amount of gratitude and sense of fulfillment that I announce my departure as executive director of Water Street Studios," Hollis stated in the release. "Over the past four and a half years, it has been an honor to hold collaboration over competition, and to 'pARTner' with so many incredible individuals, artists, businesses and organizations devoted to building a more vibrant community together.

"When I reflect upon my leadership at Water Street Studios, I realize how much I have learned from the people that make up this ever-growing community," Hollis stated. "I want to thank each and every person that walks through, supports and participates in Water Street Studios. Because of you, we are able to cultivate a sense of place that attracts the best and welcomes all. I will continue to support Water Street Studios and cannot wait to see what the next decade brings.”

To learn more about Water Street Studios, visit www.waterstreetstudios.org.

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