ArtsCenter officials could start searching for a new director next month, but it might be next year before someone steps into the position.
Current executive director Art Menius announced this week he is retiring from the post he’s held two years. He has been on sabbatical this summer and will make his retirement official Aug. 31.
ArtsCenter board members will direct the nonprofit agency until a new director is found, officials said.
In an Aug. 3 retirement post on his personal website – artmenius.com – Menius cited the July 28 death of his mother, as well as his own health and heavy work demands. The Raleigh native was hired in April 2012.
“I did not expect all this to come together so quickly, but it has with the inescapable conclusion that this proves the right time to retire from full-time work and take advantage of being able to afford self-employment,” Menius said. “For once, during this next phase of my life, I can choose only work that gives me joy and satisfaction.”
Since 1983, Menius has written about roots music, becoming the first president of the Folk Alliance. He also helped create the International Bluegrass Music Association and was the associate festival coordinator for Merlefest, a widely acclaimed outdoor folk festival in Wilkesboro.
He also served as president of the Durham-based Old-Time Music Group, among other activities.