It is with some sadness that after almost 30 years at the Council, I will be retiring at the end of June, 2017. It was a very difficult decision to make because I still love the work that I do. But with that said, I feel that it is the right time for me to retire.

     I have worked in arts administration for 41 years and it has been a rewarding life. Over that time I worked with the Duluth Art Institute, KUMD, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. In my job at the Council, I have been able to work with the Board to stretch ARAC's programs and services, as well as myself, in ways I never would have expected and I believe we have both grown through the experiences.

     During the last three years, I have worked with the Board to restructure the staffing of the Council and its programs. I am very happy with the new staff. They are very skilled, work well together, and are capable of managing the workings of the Council. This will allow for a smooth transition for a new executive director. The Board is strong and possesses the leadership to hire and inspire a new executive director. Their focus and dedication will assist a new executive director in leading the Council into the future.

     It is time for me to step away and spend time with my family. Time they so rightly deserve after all these years. Without their immense tolerance of the demands of this job, I would not have been able to accomplish what I have. The spouses and children of arts administrators rarely receive the thanks they deserve for making it possible for us to pursue our passion. I want to thank the Council for allowing me to be a part of their journey over these many years and to be a part of their mission of serving the arts community in the Arrowhead Region. I will not miss all the work, but I will really miss all the great friends I have made over these many years. Thank you for your support and friendship. I have been honored to work with so many of you who work hard every day to make the Arrowhead such a vibrant arts community. 

Bob DeArmond
Executive Director