Wintergreen Arts Center announces the retirement of Executive Director Dottie Hutchins effective September 7, 2018.

Elizabeth Winslow, Grade 6

Hutchins joined Wintergreen as its executive director in February 2016.  She helped board members launch its creative preschool in September 2016, and directed Wintergreen’s efforts to offer summer arts and other programming at locations outside the Center serving area youth and senior citizens in their own neighborhoods and care facilities.

“It is with mixed emotions that the Wintergreen Arts Center Board of Directors shares in the announcement of Dottie Hutchins’ retirement,” said Kim Guerrette Michaud, Board Chairman.  “Dottie’s time with Wintergreen has been nothing short of amazing, she has done so much to solidify our place in the community.  She has been the beacon of light on so many projects and programming developments, her legacy will continue to provide direction and lead our Wintergreen Family as we transition into our next chapter.”

Guerrette Michaud added, “Dottie will be greatly missed by all of us for her professionalism and her friendship.  I want to wish my wonderful friend a very happy retirement and may she find some incredible adventures along the way.”

Hutchins plans to travel and write but will remain a volunteer for the organization assisting with communications and strategic-planning initiatives.

“I came to Wintergreen looking for something interesting to do,” said Hutchins.  “I had no idea this little arts center would change my life.  Watching our students and teachers interact literally brings tears to my eyes as I see the impact creative opportunities have on the development of a child and growth of an individual.”

Hutchins added, “Wintergreen has an amazing future making a real difference in Aroostook County, and I look forward to being a part of it as a volunteer.”

Wintergreen’s Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee to fill the executive director position.  A job announcement will be released in the near future.

For further information, as well as to provide recommendations to the Search Committee, please contact Board Chairman Kim Guerrette Michaud via e-mail at kim.guerrettemichaud@mmgins.com or (207) 227-6784.