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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:10 am

Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Maloney as the organization’s new executive director.

The Calhoun native studied Communications at Columbus State University, and after spending time in California, returned to Northwest Georgia where she has lived for nearly a decade. No stranger to the arts, Maloney made her acting debut at age 5 as Mrs. Claus. She has remained closely connected to her passion ever since, active in the Rome Little Theatre where she directs, produces, acts and serves on the board of directors. She has also been an integral part of local arts programming as a Young Actors Camp instructor and youth education instructor, and also as the RLT Jr. program director. Maloney attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is married to Nathan Maloney, and has two children, Millie and Henry.

Maloney also serves as the facilities coordinator for the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation. Before making the move to RACA, she worked at Lieberman Family Chiropractic as the marketing director and insurance billing coordinator.

“We are very excited to have Mandy at the helm, and know that her experiences with the local arts will present us with a variety of new opportunities,” said RACA board president Luke Chaffin. “The personality that she brings to her new role will continue to breathe energy and enthusiasm into our organization as we celebrate our 41st year. Mandy’s background has given her unique insight into the inner workings of non-profit arts organizations, as well as the artistic community here in Rome. We know she will be an asset as we work to further RACA’s mission to enrich the Greater Rome community through the unifying and compelling power of the arts.”

Maloney’s appointment followed an intensive search that included a diverse pool of qualified candidates throughout the Rome area.

“I am thrilled to join RACA in its mission to foster a love and appreciation for the arts within our community,” said Maloney. “My life has been forever impacted through my own involvement in the arts, and I know that my mission is to share their power with as many people as possible. The arts bring beauty, healing, and connection. Now, more than ever, the work of RACA is vital to Rome. To quote Jonathan Larson, 'The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation.' To be able to encourage the creative culture in a town I hold dear is the highest honor I could imagine.”

Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the creative life of the Floyd County community through the visual, performing, literary and applied arts. RACA provides arts programming and education for local students and artists, and supports community initiatives that shape, strengthen and revitalize the Greater Rome area. To learn more, visit www.romearts.org.