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New St. Charles Arts Council Director Announced

Jul 23, 2019 10:06AM ● By Hannah Ott
St. Charles - The St. Charles Arts Council announced the hiring of the organization’s new director, Kathryn Hill. Current director Alison Bastian will be stepping down from the position in early August as she prepares for the birth of her second child. Until then, Bastian will work closely with Hill to ease the transition and to develop a shared strategy for the Arts Council moving forward.
Kathryn Hill will be the new director of the St. Charles Arts Council. (Image credit: Patricia Anderson Photography)

Kathryn Hill has been a resident of St. Charles for the last few years, although she now resides in North Aurora to be closer to her three grandchildren. Prior to coming to the Tri City area, she lived and worked in Mount Pleasant, MI and spent 10 years as the director of Art Reach. Art Reach is a not-for-profit community arts organization created in 1981 with the purpose of keeping the arts and culture alive in the community.

According to Bastian, “The SCAC shares a similar mission to Art Reach in supporting and promoting the arts and creativity in our community. We’re thrilled to have found someone who comes from an organization with values we share and know that Kathy's experience and talents will be a great asset to the Arts Council and our local community. As the first director, I’ve tried to provide strong leadership for the SCAC and feel relieved that I’ll be leaving the organization in good hands.”
Hill is excited to head, once again, an arts organization focused on enriching the arts in the community. She notes, "My interest in the arts goes back decades and my belief in the role that the arts play in providing a community with texture, value and improved quality of life is immovable.  I'm excited to use my arts management experience in this new position and look forward to working with local artists and community members to grow an awareness of the tremendous artistic resources that we have in our own back yard."
About the St Charles Arts Council: The St Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to support and promote the arts and creativity, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. Contact the SCAC for information at 630-443-3794 or at

Source: St. Charles Arts Council at, 630-443-3794 and cover image at