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Artpark Welcomes Sonia Kozlova Clark - New Executive Director

Mon, Jan 11th 2016 04:00 pm
Sonia Kozlova Clark, Artpark Executive Director
Photo credit: Pavel Antonov
Sonia Kozlova Clark, Artpark Executive Director Photo credit: Pavel Antonov


Artpark Welcomes Sonia Kozlova Clark - New Executive Director


(Artpark, Lewiston NY)  Artpark & Company Inc. has announced the appointment of Sonia Kozlova Clark as new Executive Director who comes to Artpark with 20 years of experience as a theatrical producer, manager and administrator. The Moscow-born, and Columbia University School of the Arts educated, Kozlova Clark's specialty has been in international productions, tours and festival programs. Sonia has achieved impressive accomplishments and extensive experience in development and finance at New York City Opera, Managing Director at Urban Stages in New York, Executive Producer for European conglomerate Stage Entertainment in Moscow; General Manager on US and European tours of the American maverick Meredith Monk.


"We are delighted to welcome Sonia to the Artpark family to continue our tradition of diverse programming for Western New York and Southern Ontario audiences. Her significant experience presents a unique opportunity to expand our offerings with an international flavor which further enriches Artpark and Lewiston as a destination equal to our other cultural assets on the Niagara Frontier" remarked Chairman John Camp on behalf of the Artpark Board.


Kozlova Clark was recently a partner at the international management and booking agency GAAP Bookings, where she worked on expanding the company's portfolio in commercial touring exhibitions and managed tours for such international blockbusters as Snow Symphony with Slava's Snowshow and Gidon Kramer' Kremerata Baltica (now at M├╝nchenmusik) and Blanca Li's Robot at the Brooklyn Academy of Music June 2015. Sonia's own company Unicycle Productions LLC brought interactive events and celebrations to the DUMBO Arts Festival, Figment NYC festival, Prague Quadrennial, and organized immersive experiences in New York and Los Angeles for Stage Entertainment Russia's creative press campaigns for the musicals The Little Mermaid, Chicago and Singing in the Rain.


With a diverse international career, Sonia brings to Artpark a deep understanding of both non-profit and commercial arts management models, as well as the global perspective to the entertainment community of Western New York.


Sonia commented "I am honored to have the opportunity to join this legendary arts organization and to share the multitude of extraordinary talents and the diversity of the arts I have encountered so far, and embrace our Western New York community as Artpark opens new creative opportunities to local artistic talent.   I am electrified at the possibilities that lay in front of us and believe that with this very capable and progressive community we can grow Artpark's already successful programming to its full potential of a truly global destination.  By joining our creative minds, we can grow a vibrant community sustainable by our unquenchable curiosity, the sense of wonder and the need for life enriching experiences."


Artpark & Company operates in a licensed partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to program the Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park.


"New York State Parks looks forward to working with Ms. Kozlova Clark and is excited by her vision for Artpark. We welcome her and look forward not only to the upcoming season, but to a long term relationship of continuing to make Artpark a regional attraction," said Mark W. Thomas, Western District Director for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Planning is underway for Artpark's new 2016 Season with announcements coming on summer concerts, theater shows, programming and events. Visit Artpark on FaceBook and www.artpark.net.

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