Executive Director – Wendy Bury
Wendy has a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University. Early internships with the New York Transit Museum and the New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Arts for Transit program, a percent for public art program, inspired a life-long passion for the arts, art history, and public art.
In 2008, she became the Founding Executive Director of La Grua Center, an arts and cultural center in Stonington Borough, which was featured in the New York Times in its first year of operations. As a representative of and advocate for the creative economy, she has served as an economic development commissioner and leadership positions in chambers of commerce and merchant associations, consulted to small businesses, led and advised on numerous nonprofit economic impact studies and reports, and served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, as well as, founded the Stonington Nonprofit Roundtable.
Since 2014, Wendy has served as the founding Executive Director of the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to improve the economy, vitality and quality of life in Southeastern Connecticut by supporting the arts, cultural and creative community. The Cultural Coalition is part of a statewide network – one of nine regional arts and cultural organizations – that support the creative economy and the CT Office of the Arts and the Department of Economic & Community Development through a public-private partnership. The Cultural Coalition provides programs and services to, and advocates for, more than 500 partners, including museums, performing arts organizations, artists, historical societies, economic development agencies, tribal and military entities, municipalities and creative businesses.
Currently, Wendy serves on the board of the CT Arts Alliance and is Chair of its Policy & Issues Committee. She is a Corporator of Chelsea Groton Bank, Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (seCTer) board member, and is a Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Regional Recovery Steering Committee member. She served as Co-Chair of Governor Lamont’s & Lt. Governor Bysiewicz’s Transition Arts, Culture and Tourism Policy Committee.
Wendy specializes in nonprofits, economic impact studies, multi-agency collaborative projects, and nonprofit startups in the arts and cultural sector. She has lived in Stonington for 26 years and has three children.
Deb Mathiasen – Assistant Director