Cheryl Mirer, Executive Director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
Cheryl grew up in Burlington, Connecticut, and has spent many years living and working in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. She has a BA in Fine Arts from UMass Amherst and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. She worked previously in Institutional Advancement at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA; and as Director of an Artists-in-Residence Program in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Most recently, she worked as Executive Director of a small, community library before accepting a position in Corporate and Foundation Relations at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
Cheryl has a variety of work and volunteer experiences that are sure to serve her well in her role as Executive Director. She has worked in food service, as a kitchen and bath designer, and while at her job as Director of an Artists-in-Residence Program, she found herself in the hub of that community, collaborating with many partners on community art projects, working directly with artists, writers, and musicians. At Clarkson University, Cheryl worked with faculty and staff to research, coordinate, and write corporate and foundation grants; and while serving as Executive Director of the Norwood Public Library, she initiated new programs for adults, teens, and children, and updated their collection as well as their computer systems. As a volunteer, Cheryl served in the Peace Corps and taught art in a small village in Ghana for two years. In Potsdam, she was very active with the local food co-op, working on their membership, events, and marketing committees; and over the last 5 years, she worked with a great group of volunteers to create a dog park in Potsdam that serves both pets and sheltered animals. Cheryl’s focus has always been serving the community, and she has left lasting contributions in the communities she has called home.
Cheryl is also a visual artist whose most recent work is in mixed media collage. She enjoys working freely and playing with papers and techniques. She also enjoys painting, print-making, and creating artwork on unique surfaces such as windows and doors. A popular subject-matter for her work is nature, landscapes, bugs, and dogs. She also delights in teaching mixed media, especially to beginning artists and kids.
When Cheryl saw the job posting for Executive Director of DPI, she knew it was time to come back to western Massachusetts. “I’ve always been interested in what’s going on in Pittsfield and the Berkshires, and I want to be someone who’s helpful in this impetus for change and growth and community… I want to serve the community, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do”.
“My hope is to help bring people together, and that our work can contribute to (the success of) downtown businesses while also attracting more local business… all within the scope of the Strategic Plan.” It’s about collaboration and communication she says. She is thrilled to be a part of continuing efforts to bring the community together.
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